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Author Topic: In Praise of Cable Management  (Read 443 times)
DL8OV
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« on: August 11, 2019, 09:07:15 AM »

Look at a lot of the shack pictures and you will see stacks of gear, normally up against a wall. What you CAN'T see is the rats nest of cables behind every ham shack and I was as guilty as everyone else, but no longer.

I've spent the day off-air carrying out some cable management. Power cables were first, each one had the plug cut off and then it was trimmed to the right length with Wago power distribution points every 30cm or so. Then I did the RF cabling with each jumper cable trimmed to the right length and then labelled, I finished off with the antenna feeders which were cut down to the right length to reach the back of the tuner. Finally, the 13.8V leads were done, cut, strip, re-terminate, every one.

The result?

I've removed 15m of various types of cable from behind my equipment and it's now a lot easier to see where everything connects. Power line noise is down by 2 'S' points and QRM from the computer has vanished, USB cables in 30cm, 60cm and 1m lengths probably helped here.

Doing a fixed installation like this is not for everyone because of the lack of slack in the cables, but it sure looks better.

Peter DL8OV
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KE0ZU
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2019, 06:00:04 AM »

SO...Where's the pics?   I'd be interested in seeing your solution.

I made my OPS bench so I could get behind it to do wire/cable runs.   I also made a small concession to "order" by installing some split PVC rings, and run the cables through them.   Makes things a bit simpler.

you can find more pics HERE.





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