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Why Coax Fails

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M1MRB, Mar 29, 2020.

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  1. M1MRB

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  2. W1YW

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    It's rare that a ham will see an actual FAILURE of typical (ham use) coax.

    More likely, water vapor gets into the jacket and or inner line and oxidizes the copper and/or degrades the dielectric. This oxidation leads to ohmic loss. If you put the coax on a VNA you will see it has substantially higher 'insertion loss' on its length. A good rule of thumb is to replace your coax every 5 years, if buried underground. I rarely obey that:-(
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  3. HB9EPC

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    Voilà une bonne réponse, rien est éternelle...
  4. W8AAZ

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    Insufficient sealing at the ends. Animals that like to chew on it. Lawnmowers. Most of us will not be putting in enough power to damage coax.
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  5. SA6CKE

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    Unless someone is crazy enough to run 1kW into a RG-174.
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  6. KI6PMD

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    Rodents ! forgetting to seal with tape is a good way to turn your cable into garden hose ! Getting some one very upset on 80# meters ! there are many other ways to damage your cable I am sure ! Hi Hi 73 all stay safe & remember April fools day is just around the corner !
  7. W1YW

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    REAL Source of 'coax fail...'

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  8. K0UO

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    Why====WATER more than 99% of the time.

    Cuts, nicks, (from poor install, rodents or holes shot in it), & number one, is from not taping and sealing connectors properly.

    Less than 1% = lightning damage
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  9. KC2YMO

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    Not scared .
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  10. N2EY

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