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Reviews Categories | Feedlines (coax, ladder-line, etc.) | Browning BR-240 Low Loss RG-8X Sized Coax Help

Reviews Summary for Browning BR-240 Low Loss RG-8X Sized Coax
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 2.0/5 MSRP: $$0.45 / Foot
Description: Factory rated for 1.5 kW @ 30 MHz
This is an RG-8X size version of the popular
LMR-400 type, low loss coax. Gas-injected
foam dielectric. 100% shield - bonded
aluminium tape plus tinned copper braid. DC
breakdown 1500 V. Shield effectiveness is
Product is in production.
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N8BA Rating: 2/5 Jul 19, 2008 15:23 Send this review to a friend
Poor Robustness Outweighs Performance  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
While this RG-8X type cable has an excellent specification, its polyethylene jacket makes it very stiff. Deploying it from the roll and having it not "kink" on the way down a tower can be difficult. It certainly should not be used for jumpers and antenna-to-tower links.

My sample of BR-240 was a very loose fit in a UG-176 adapter, the one used with RG-8X and PL-259 "UHF" connectors. This fact, combined with a very meager amount of braid, resulted in a PL-259 plug assembly that had virtually no torsional strength--it was obvious that the connector would fail with an accidental half turn of the cable. (I salvaged my installation by fortifying the cable/connector interface with epoxy and vinyl tape, but would rather have not taken the trip. I suppose a crimp-on PL-259 connector might have worked out better than a solder-on.)

The electrical performance of BR-240, also known as Super 240, does not seem to outweigh its mechanical disadvantages. If the electrical performance is needed, an RG-8 type cable is a much more reliable way to get it.

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