Monday, February 17, 2020

How To Install A Coaxial Cable F Connector

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhswQ0l3Qvk.  This is Post 2148 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas.

Over the past several years, I've used a variety of coaxial cables and even more connectors to complete my antenna experiments.  My best source of coaxial cable has been my neighborhood cable TV installer, who often has suitable lengths of RG-59 / RG-6 cable after a major cable installation.  I've found RG-59 and RG-6 (73-75 ohm impedance) a good substitute for 50 ohm RG-58, RG-8, and RG-8X coaxial cable.  The mismatch isn't too great, and an antenna "tuner" can make the cable suitable for dipoles and inverted Vs.

The only negative side of RG-59/RG-6 is the need for F connectors and adapters to convert F connectors to the common SO-239 found on many coaxial cables and transceivers.

In this excellent tutorial from "Helpful DIY", we get a complete guide to installing F connectors--something that could help you get a decent coaxial feed line at little cost.

Here's a brief explanation of the process involved:
"In this video, I show you how to install a coaxial cable F connector. It is a full tutorial, and although I use some specific tools for the process in the video, the same end result can be accomplished with some regular tools that you have around your house. All that you have to do is strip the coaxial cable to the appropriate lengths, and then install the F connector. I use a compression tool to install the F connector, but you can easily use a twist on F connector if you don't have the appropriate coaxial cable tool! CONNECT WITH ME: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mikechimmy/ SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL: https://youtube.com/subscription_cent... FREE DIY ADVICE EBOOK: https://gumroad.com/l/vFujc Disclaimer: Some of the links in this description may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own."
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