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Posted: 3/31/2012 4:32:21 PM EDT
Came across a deal on 200' of some 213 coax. I cant seem to find much on it. I was wondering if anyone info on this stuff. My main goal is to make a 75' run to my hf antenna. The rest would be on stand by and maybe a 20' run for a couple vhf antennas
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 4:39:12 PM EDT
It's great for HF, I use a lot of it. No problem using it for a short run at VHF either.

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/cable/coaxperf.html#atten
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 4:48:03 PM EDT
Well RG-213 is mil. spec. coax with an efficiency rating at 30Mhz of, give or take, 83% for a 100' run. Only other coax that does that well is LMR 400 or similar (and cost more than 213). Over the last 2 days I have re-coax'd the shack with 213 jumpers and a 65' run of the same coax up to the yagi. My G5RV also has a 75' run of 213 to the shack. Good for HF, not quit as good for VHF/UHF.
I guess you could say I like RG-213, it is good coax!

Sarge
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 4:54:35 PM EDT
I run mostly 213 here also. I have short runs up to my roof as my feedlines pass through the roof directly into the shack. I have a 150ft run of 213 at the BOL out to the 5BTV vertical. Long runs of it on VHF/UHF aren't productive, but 20-30 feet will be just fine even on UHF.
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 5:00:31 PM EDT
So what about $125 for 200 feet still on the rolls (2 x 100') each with one 259 connector already installed? It was manufactured in 08 and has been stored inside since new. I guess now that i say it out loud it sounds like a no brainer.
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 5:12:32 PM EDT
200' of it at Universal would run you $178 plus shipping, so say $200. Sounds ok at that price if you're looking for coax.
Link Posted: 3/31/2012 11:58:12 PM EDT
It's reasonable cable, but not up to the performance of more modern cables. The price you mention is on the cusp of reasonable pricing, but if you're looking for something for the uses you mention it should be fine. A better option for portable use like field day or the like than many newer cable types.
Link Posted: 4/1/2012 5:11:50 AM EDT
Another good question is, what is the manufacturer? Usually it's stamped on the jacket, but not always. I have seen some that's simply stamped with an RG number.
Link Posted: 4/1/2012 5:49:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NAM:
Another good question is, what is the manufacturer? Usually it's stamped on the jacket, but not always. I have seen some that's simply stamped with an RG number.


He said it has carol mfg stamped on it.
Link Posted: 4/1/2012 5:54:15 AM EDT
Carol wire and cable co has been around a long time. I think it's GTG.
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