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PostSubject: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 09, 2022 11:39 am

Hello all, 

I have experimented with making feeder lines and antenna for a scanner with some success. Now I want to go further with my new HT on UHF. Finding it surprisingly hard to source decent coax in the UK. High Street retailers sell rubbish, eBay let me down with poor sheilded RG58, (even had stranded core, what's that about!) So where do you source decent RG58 or better? I have an eye on a Bazooka antenna design on YouTube that I want to attempt.
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 09, 2022 1:09 pm

Have a look for "RG8X" coax.
Not the best there is but good enough for me.
I do have some 213 on my vhf/uhf antenna but i find it hard to work with.
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 09, 2022 1:46 pm

Mini-8 (RG8X) is a good compromise. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274895504222
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 09, 2022 2:02 pm

Try Farnell

RG213

https://uk.farnell.com/c/cable-wire-cable-assemblies/coaxial-cable?coaxial-cable-type=rg213

RG8

https://uk.farnell.com/search?st=rg8%20coax

RG58

https://uk.farnell.com/c/cable-wire-cable-assemblies/coaxial-cable?st=rg58%20coax

You can buy by the metre instead of forking out for 100m reels

Then there's MS UK for LMR-400 Coax, by the metre

https://www.msdist.co.uk/unbranded/coax/lmr-400-1m

BTW PL-259/SO-239 Sockets are lossy above 7MHz, so best to consider silver N-Type Connections for UHF, but it really depends on your budget.
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 09, 2022 9:19 pm

Thanks guys for all the advice.
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeMon Jan 10, 2022 1:52 am

Just buy it from a decent vendor, and use coax from a known manufacturer.  Avoid eBay like the plague, and make sure CB shops are not just buying it from cheap Chinese disties then selling for a price you could get decent stuff for.

A HAM shop like Martin Lynch or Waters & Stanton would be a safe bet, but don't get sucked in to buying more than you need as it's just for a radiating element!  Good, known brand, RG58 is fine for a Bazooka, but for UHF feedline, I start at LMR400 if I have any distance to cover.

Good coax is surprisingly cheap when you don't need much of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Coax for HT DIY antenna    antenna - Coax for HT DIY antenna  Icon_minitimeSat Mar 19, 2022 4:38 pm

Just a thought, Knights CB www.kcb.co.uk do some decent RG58 Military spec at a good price and its decent coax.
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