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Topic # 30728 19-Feb-2009 11:44
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We are building a new home (starting 1st week of March).

Spoke to Electrician yesterday re cabling for TV and telephone.  The RG6 cable he uses for UHF/SAT(SKY) is Soundcraft RG6 75ohm.

This cable doesnt appear in the list of sky 'recommended' cables. 

Does anyone know if it is any good? 

Is the sky installer who installs the dish and MySkyHDi receiver likely to require the cable to be replaced (to an approved/recommended brand)?


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  Reply # 196697 19-Feb-2009 13:18
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Hi, Sky do spec the RG6 you should use, the only ones I have seen are Belden and TimesCable, both sport Sky Satellite 3GHz on them. Ask to see the cable, if it does not have such a marking then dont use it. Both the Belden and TimesCable Sky certed RG6 is readily available at all electrical wholesalers and not all that expensive. I must repeat there may be a soundcraft certified duobond Sky RG6, but I ainst used or seen it.

Sky certified RG6 has three main points of interest, its duobond (ie both a foild and braid sheild) is gel flooded to resist water ingress and travel, and uses a copper coated steel core to give better mechanical performance.

Technically they could ask you to replace it with approved cable, however in most instances they would only need to change the run from the roof to the box, the rest within the shelter of a building should be fine, but ideally use approved stuff.

Lucky you arent in a Telstra Cable catchment, you have sky insisting on duobond and refusing to use any installed trishield, and Telstra doing the opposite!


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  Reply # 196709 19-Feb-2009 14:21
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Thanks Cyril7.  I think I will ask them to source a different cable.

The soundcraft cable has both braided and foil shield, not sure about the gel & the copper coated steel core

Here is the list of Sky 'Recommended' cable I found:
SKY TV currently recommends the use of the following cables for L-Band and VHF/UHF

T10 series RG-6 (No 32360) and RG-11 (No 32362)

· Belden
RG-6 (No 1829AC) and RG-11 (No 1525A)
B1829AC-Dual YR53172 010 (Black)
B1829AC-Dual YR53172 009 (White)

· Commscope
SAT2-660BV-S-B (Black)
SAT2-660BV-S-W (White)

· Digimatch
RG-6 – Quad shield single – 06MM-E6Q
RG-6 – Quad shield dual (Siamese) – 06MM-E6QS
RG-11 – Quad shield – 06MM-E11Q

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