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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:16:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 10:18:35 AM EST by Speargun_]
Is it any good or is it junk?
I need about 1000'.


Fleabay LMR-400
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:15:13 AM EST
holy shit, 1k feet? what freq are you planing on using?
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:32:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By mylt1:
holy shit, 1k feet? what freq are you planing on using?

70cm
2m
6m
10m - 160m

I actually only NEED about 500' for me (5 radios & multiple antennas) and another 300' or so for a couple of buddies new set ups. This is a bit of an over-estimate, but I like to keep an extra couple hundred feet on hand for when someone needs it.



Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:14:54 PM EST
In my way of thinking, quality coax is a lot like ammo-you can never have too much

Personally I use Belden 9913, but it looks like LMR-400 is pretty similar in terms of loss. Once I got heavily invested in UHF (GMRS and 70cm) everybody told me that coax quality was pretty important. My fixed GMRS repeater site uses hardline though-that stuff was a bitch to work with

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Link Posted: 11/21/2012 6:28:17 PM EST
I bought some last year for use with my EmComm box. No complaints. Seems to work fine and a lot cheaper than just about anyone online.

Mike F
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:06:03 PM EST
For 2m and up I like this stuff.
Do the loss calculations, you will be surprised at the power reaching the antenna.
Poor man's hardline
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 9:22:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 9:23:19 AM EST by DanishM1Garand]
Free Hardline
Yes I know it is 75 Ohm. You can use it with 1/12 wave matching sections for the band you want to use, use cut lengths to fix the SWR or just use it and live with 1.5 to 1 SWR.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:00:01 AM EST
LMR-400 is nice stuff.

I remember paying about a buck a foot for it
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:42:16 AM EST
LMR-400 is great stuff, but I'm more interested in if the particular coax I linked to above is really any good or if it's just a cheap knock-off that I'll have to replace in a few years.
If it's any good, I'll be happy to save $0.50 +/- per ft., but if it's junk, I would rather pay for Times Microwave.

Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:01:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By Speargun_:
LMR-400 is great stuff, but I'm more interested in if the particular coax I linked to above is really any good or if it's just a cheap knock-off that I'll have to replace in a few years.
If it's any good, I'll be happy to save $0.50 +/- per ft., but if it's junk, I would rather pay for Times Microwave.



+1. There are many knockoffs that claim they are the same thing. Life is too short to have to deal with shitty coax.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 6:03:32 AM EST
As for 75 ohm coax, I use it for HF. I got a spool of 75 ohm Times LMR-400 for 10cents/ft.

Seeing I'm using a tuner on HF already, not a problem at all. Works great. Tried it on 2m/70cm. Was a bit too narrow banded for my taste. Went back to 50 for 2m/70cm.
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