Antenna cable

Just a quick ask if anyone knows if you can buy the coax cable for pig tales as Iv just repaired one and discovered I have a couple more Id like to have a go at :+1:t3:

Ive seen people recommend rg316 alot for pigtails and antenna repairs

https://www.wifi-antennas.co.uk/rg316-coaxial-cable-per-metre

That’s answered that question :rofl:

Cheers buddy :+1:t3:

Is this a common thing, i.e would I find it in my local electronics store ???

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Pass. Steve @SirGunner is your man (not physically :wink: )

You can buy it online, just google it and a million options will pop up. You might be able to buy it from an RF specialist but you wont find it in your local Currys :smiley:

Yah just been doing that and found these, very interesting

Ah I thought you were looking for the coax cable to make/repeair your own pigtails

If I were to choose between rg178 and rg316 I would go for the latter as it has the least loss

Parameters
Transmission Line RG-178B/U
Code RG-178B/U
Data source DSE
Frequency 5000.000 MHz
Length 0.500 ft
Results
Zo 50.00-j0.10 Ω
Length 1316.597 °, 22.979 ᶜ, 3.657213 λ, 0.152400 m, 7.314e+2 ps
VF 0.695
Line Loss (matched) 0.562 dB
Loss model source data frequency range (results are extrapolated) 50.000 MHz - 1000.000 MHz
Correlation coefficient (r) 0.998461
Parameters
Transmission Line RG-316/U
Code RG-316/U
Data source DSE
Frequency 5000.000 MHz
Length 0.500 ft
Results
Zo 50.00-j0.05 Ω
Length 1316.595 °, 22.979 ᶜ, 3.657208 λ, 0.152400 m, 7.314e+2 ps
VF 0.695
Line Loss (matched) 0.391 dB
Loss model source data frequency range (results are extrapolated) 100.000 MHz - 1000.000 MHz
Correlation coefficient (r) 0.973670

The small difference in loss between the two over a 6inch length at 5GHz might not appear to be much, but when you add connectors and an antenna which isn’t a 1:1 load then this can add up and impact the 25mW of power we all use :wink:

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To do that you would need the connectors and a crimping tool

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LoL I am but its always good to find barging, that said Nidge comment has given me food for thought :thinking:

I like the thought of crimping them, just pop a blob of solder in the hole you could pop a bit of heat shrink over the end…