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What is an acceptable loss for you for your coax on the HF frequencies?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KN4DQE, Nov 6, 2018.

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  1. KY5U

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    He’s runnin’ barefoot. What was your handle on CB? :):) Seriously check your figures. Cable loss is more like .3 db on 28mhz. Lower on lower bands.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  2. WB2WIK

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    I do that but sometimes I get dizzy, hanging from the boom of my beam on the tower.

    Plus it gets lonely.
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  3. K4KYV

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    Or use open-wire line. The real thing, with copper wires separated by plastic or ceramic spacers every few feet, not that "crappy brown stuff". The run from my shack to the final stage of the transmitter tuning network located down at the base of the tower is about 140 feet. I tried fresh mil-spec coax, first RG-214, then RG-213. In both cases, the measured efficiency was about 92%. After a couple of years of exposure to the elements, in both cases the efficiency dropped off to around 80%. Then I replaced the coax with a run of homebrew open wire line, 440Ω, made with #8 wires spaced 2 ½ inches apart, and the measured efficiency was 98%.

    Probably none of those made a perceptible difference in the received signal at the other end, but I still think RF is too difficult and expensive to generate, and then waste in feedline losses.
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  4. KC8VWM

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    Well I think you must be doing something right... At least my s-meter always thinks so anyways. :)
  5. WB2WIK

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    If I turn my RF gain down enough, everyone is 40/S9.:)
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  6. KK5JY

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    ...and all the atmospheric noise just vanishes... :eek:
  7. KA2RRK

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    Are you hooked to 120vac? Cuz, the AL-80B easily gets to 1kw.

    This your enemy, do something to lower these figures. I'm not really upset about these figures, but in my
    station I consider anything above 1:2.0:1 vswr out specification for high power use. High power is anything above

    LMR-400 abbreviated specs:
    @.7db loss per 100ft measured @30mhz That's excellent for HF service.
    @ 2500v rated handling I'd say you have little worry running the most power you can muster from the amp,
    Along with it's .1" diameter center conductor size.

    Now these later numbers from times micro are better than what you have! Because you are not terminated
    into a matched load the cable desires to perform at low loss. So if you actually measure your losses you probably are at 2db or slightly more, is my guess. And I wouldn't use the amp until this issue is addressed fully.

  8. W5TTW

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    Two questions:
    1. Have you considered switching to ladder line?
    2. Where will you put your tuner?
  9. KA9JLM

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    Yep. That is what these are made for.

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  10. KN4DQE

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    Ladder line could work up to a certain point. I hadn't considered that. Was just looking at coax due to ease of use. I was reading that I shouldn't because l necessarily need a tuner since the amp itself acts like one in a way. If I werewe're g to get one I was looking at the mfj-998rt, but that is a lot of money, especially when compared to replacing the coax.

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