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Old 19-09-2013, 20:46   #1
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Sat phone antenna co-ax cable

I am installing an external marine passive antenna for my 9505 Iridium phone.
The run from antenna to phone will be about 11 meters, maybe 12.
What is the best type/brand of co-ax to use to minimize signal losses?
Something as thick as RG213 would be very difficult to run where I have to put it, so diameter about 5mm would be great.
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Re: Sat phone antenna co-ax cable

there was a discussion here LMR400 clones
the posts by ka4wja are to the point.
there are other threads also

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Re: Sat phone antenna co-ax cable

LMR400 is probably the best bet for loss and cost at that length and frequency. One thing I'd do is get a smaller cable, like LMR240, about 1 meter long and use that to attach to the antenna adapter. The other end would go to the larger cable. Trying to use a handheld with a big unruly cable sticking out the back is a pain and puts a good bit of stress on the adapter. 5-10 feet of the smaller cable will not add too much loss to the overall power budget and will reduce tension on the adapter and connectors.
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