SOTA – Coax cable signal loss at 432 MHz
Using good quality RG58AU MilSpec coax at 144 MHz is a compromise of weight saving versus RF losses and the ability to coil a 5 metre length of coax to fit in the SOTA back pack. Yes I hear you, considering the losses in RG58AU it’s not ideal for VHF/UHF weak signal reception!
Using RG58AU at 432 MHz was a temporary measure but in doing so my UHF set up will have losses in the coax feedline in the order of 33% or more. Assuming a perfect VSWR and no losses in RF connectors (unlikely), the cable loss will be 1.72 dB. The reality is my UHF set up is more like 3 dB loss where half of the FT-857D power output is lost in the coax cable before any amount of RF signal is successfully radiated by the antenna. It’s…
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