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    Purchasing TX cables

    I really would like to find a source for 50ft RG174 cables with PL259's on both ends. Really don't want to try and make my own if I can help it. Any ideas. Longest I have found is 25ft. I am in USA but With the internet I guess anyplace in the world is my shopping center.
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    Re: Purchasing TX cables

    Shame on you Steve.

    Don't know much about Ham shops in the USA but over here in Guernsey they will make one up while you wait to the exact size.

    It is only a small shop and their main business is marine electronics and PMR, but are licensed hams.

    The problem with the larger shops is the lack of a personal service, if it's
    not on the shelf you don't get it.
    À la perchoine

    Jes

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    Re: Purchasing TX cables

    Lol. I figured that. But there are no ham shops within 200 miles of where I live. Closest is in Ohio.
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    Re: Purchasing TX cables

    I use RG8X for my portable operations. Using RG-174 introduces more loss and at QRP power levels you need all the power you can get. Yes it weighs more and is more bulky but I want power in the air.
    I found this coax calculator Coax Calculator which is handy for figuring coax loss.

    You micro station guys are probably ready to "string me up" with my RG8X but I am just saying what works for me. (o: LOL

    John WD5IKX over in Texas

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    Re: Purchasing TX cables

    Hi Hi - just pop in to say Hallo ! YES in deed - The best ever equipment is useless without the correct coax, year after year after year they out in the sun and the cold - always you find people spending their monies upgrading Towers Antennas New Radios all and all ,,and guess what ? we leave the coax - cause its still good Lol,, Sure you Hams know the lifespan of coax specially those driving a Kw + station, Good Old teachers told me once - boy , always remember - -the heart of your shack - is in the coax - ( so true ) cheers now - 73 All - -Cold 3*C 22:16 in BOTSWANA...Best Leon

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