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WILL ANY COAXIAL CABLE DO ?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Beast II, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. Beast II

    Beast II

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    I'm putting a new 4 ft firestik on the ARB antennae bracket and have a question:

    Will any type of coaxial cable work ? Or is one type better than the other ? Best place to buy it ?

    Thank you -
     
  2. Beowulf

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    This was covered in another thread if you're interested in searching. Buy it from a CB dealer. They're usually close to or in truck stops. There is an optimum length and construction. I can't remember the details but I belive 18' is the proper "quarter wave" or something like that.

    Simmons found a good deal on a web site. The other thread will have the details...
    -B-
     
  3. ParadiseCruiser

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     Check your radio and antenna to see what the impedance requirement for the cable is. Most CB's use a 50 ohm (52 ohm) coax, most commonly RG/58U, or some low-loss variant... as long it is 50 ohm.

     The coax most commonly found around the home in TV/cable installations is usually 75 ohm and will mess up your radio, unless it (and the antenna) specifically requires 75 ohm coax.

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  4. cruiserdan

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    Ron is spot on. Rg 58U cable is correct. 1/4 wave is optimal.(18 ft.) I believe one can skate either way in 3 foot incriments IIRC.

    Right on, good buddy. ::)
     
  5. CDN_Cruiser

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    Not that it will really make a huge difference for CB, but if you want 'the good stuff' have a look at some of the larger radio outlets like:

    http://www.hamradio.com/

    They will have high-quality coax and you can often buy premanufactured lengths with components already soldered on.

    Cheers, Hugh
     
  6. Beast II

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    Gentlemen:

    I just got the ARB antennae mount for my FZJ80 and have mounted it on the passenger side of the bullbar. &nbsp:Does anyone know the length of coaxial cable needed to run from the center console to the mount ? I ccould obviously measure it, but if anyone has already done it would certainly save some time.

    Thank you,

    Matt