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Cable for vintage rotating Antenna

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Posted on December 28, 2016 at 08:09:35
Kindablue
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Could anyone direct me to where I might buy some nice new cable for my antenna it has been here since I bought the house 20 years ago I think it might improve my sound a bit ? Really the thing sounds great now but I have noticed some drifting here and there could be my vintage Fisher 90X tuner. I enjoy tubes but also have numerous other tuners maybe a total of 12 or so like that. And if you want to send me to sites that would improve my understanding of the tuners that would be helpful. I know I am asking a lot of help but I have always enjoyed radio non - commercial I listen to a station WPFW 89.3 FM as I am Blues fan and play a bit of blues for the past oh close to 50 years.
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Quad shield RG6 with a copper centre conductor., posted on December 28, 2016 at 13:06:18
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If you wall plate/s have the old friction fit coax connectors chnage over to F-connectors.

Lower loss, better contact, and they last longer.


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RE: Quad shield RG6 with a copper centre conductor., posted on December 28, 2016 at 13:38:25
Eli Duttman
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AGREE with the RG6 recommendation. However, the issue of rotation motor control remains. Does the OP's installation use a bundled cable?

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Hi Eli, seasons greetings!, posted on December 28, 2016 at 13:46:37
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I know nothing about rotators.

Almost all of Canberra's FM stations here transmit from one high tower on top of one of Canberra's big hills.

And, there are two repeater sites on two hills, one right beside where we live.







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" direct me to where I might buy some nice new cable for my antenna", posted on December 29, 2016 at 09:01:37
1973shovel
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Timbo's recommendation of RG6 Quad shield is a good one. I did a search on Amazon (link below) just to give you an idea, but you're on your own shopping there (or elsewhere) for the correct length and best prices.

"And if you want to send me to sites that would improve my understanding of the tuners that would be helpful."

One obvious answer is to visit the Tuner Information Center and read the introduction, specs, gangs and filters, alignments, etc.

That ought to keep you busy for a while. There's a lot to understand about a tuner, especially if you're trying to learn how they work, rather than simply what performs well. Good luck, and have fun!



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WPFW, posted on January 3, 2017 at 13:49:59
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Is going through a lot of stuff, incluing internal trice andcfnancial stuff. Remember Jerry the bama Washington? ah the good old days. Their signal ain't what it used to be. I am told they reduce power at times to save $$.


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If you're a masochist, posted on January 12, 2017 at 18:12:47
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Try the the RG-11 Belden 7731-A from Blue Jeans Cable. Very low loss. It's like wrestling with snakes!

 

+ 1 on RG11 , posted on January 16, 2017 at 14:28:40
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It is most unlikely to work up in the rotating part.

A long time ago the network guys at work GAVE me a reel of it to wire the house for TV and FM outlets. Bastard stuff to bend! But it was FREE!!


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