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Author Topic: Where Do you Buy your Coax?  (Read 2695 times)
SCARPAD
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« on: April 08, 2011, 04:59:43 AM »

Online or from a Local Source or Big Box Store?
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N3JBH
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 05:27:50 AM »

www.davisrf.com
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W3DDF
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 05:52:31 AM »

www.therfc.com
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MAGNUM257
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 06:18:38 AM »

Depends on what you are looking for. I like Andrew Heliax, and found a 165' roll of FSJ1-50 3/8" on
EBAY for $69 plus shipping. Later I found a second roll of 135' (same Heliax) for $78 plus shipping.
It feeds all station antennas and also my mobile setup.
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K4RVN
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 07:50:32 PM »

I get mine from the wireman.
Good products, good service.

http://www.thewireman.com/
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W3LK
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2011, 07:08:38 AM »

Radio Shack and the home improvement stores are the VERY LAST place I would ever buy coax, except for running cable TV extensions.

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011, 06:27:24 PM »

HRO shipped it to me.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2011, 11:08:54 AM »

I buy Andrew FSJ4-50 from eBay or the swap boards.  If you watch and bide your time you can find it for $1 or so a foot (new RG-8 can run almost as much).  Properly cared for, it will outlive us all.  Some of mine has been in the air for 20 years, and I know it was 10 years old when I got it surplus.  You can also find used recoverable Type N connectors for a few bucks apiece.  Whenever I need to connect to a UHF connector, I just use an adapter that you can also find for $2 or so each.  They are reliable and no harder to weatherproof than any other coax connection.

73,

Don, K2DC

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M6GOM
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011, 03:01:51 PM »

I sourced mine from a commercial tower that was having some antennas changed over. 100's of feet of decent quality commercial grade Heliax for absolutely nothing - the riggers were just glad not to have to deal with the birds nest of wire laid on the floor.
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WS4E
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2011, 07:36:02 AM »

Been buying it from http://www.jefatech.com/category/d100  for years after some other ham telling me about them.  Best prices I have seen for LMR400 and LMR600 type coax.  Have the stuff in service for a few years now including a 100ft underground run on one antenna with good results.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2011, 07:52:08 AM »

I buy mine from Allied Electric {www.alliedelec.com} for the good stuff, but, I have received tails from satellite installers (RG6).
I have bought jumpers in the past, RG6 and RG58 from local suppliers, but I don't trust them any more, as I cut one in two to shorten it, and found less than 50% braid in it...
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2011, 11:16:00 AM »

I have been very happy with products and service from ABR.......abrind.com.........Great people and very good quality coax and other products.

                 73 Romel  K7FRN
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KF6A
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011, 01:18:10 AM »

The Wireman.
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SCARPAD
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2011, 05:49:57 AM »

Been buying it from http://www.jefatech.com/category/d100  for years after some other ham telling me about them.  Best prices I have seen for LMR400 and LMR600 type coax.  Have the stuff in service for a few years now including a 100ft underground run on one antenna with good results.


I ended up buying 200ft of LR400 from them and they were quite prompt in shipping thanks for the tip
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2011, 03:32:56 PM »

heliax in a mobile? what? 1/4 inch superflex? or 7/8 air??

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