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# 45401 2-Nov-2009 09:05
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I decided to replace the coax cabling from my antenna since the old one was looking pretty ratty. However now that's done I can't get a digital signal at all. Analogue TV works OK (it was never that great), and the signal is affected by moving the antenna, so there must be some kind of connection there.


One thing that semi-threw me is that the new coax cable has two layers of braided wire (is this double shielded coax?). I just presumed the outer layer was extra shielding and trimmed it off, while using the inner layer for the connection. I'm getting the feeling that this was a dumb move, but there doesn't seem to be enough room in the connectors to have both layers in there.


Does anyone have any suggestions that might help?

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  # 269218 2-Nov-2009 11:16
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ryall: One thing that semi-threw me is that the new coax cable has two layers of braided wire (is this double shielded coax?). I just presumed the outer layer was extra shielding and trimmed it off, while using the inner layer for the connection. I'm getting the feeling that this was a dumb move, but there doesn't seem to be enough room in the connectors to have both layers in there.

From the description you have Quad Shield RG6 cable. Firstly you need to ensure that you have appropriate connectors for the quad shield cable. Then to prepare the cable you strip back the outer jacket, fold the outer braid back over the jacket, remove the first layer of foil, and fold the inner braid back over the jacket. Then slide on the connector and crimp it.

Carefully check that none of the braiding is wrapped around the cable's central solid conductor - it often happens when using a rotary cable stripper, and it can be difficult to see individual strands of the braid. I use a magnifying glass to check.

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  # 269222 2-Nov-2009 11:23
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Sorry to ask the obvious, but have you had a close look to make sure there are no stray strands from the braided wire touching the core or its connectors?




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  # 269233 2-Nov-2009 11:41
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Dingbatt: Sorry to ask the obvious, but have you had a close look to make sure there are no stray strands from the braided wire touching the core or its connectors?

Agreed.  Given the trouble you've had with the fidly coax, I'd start there.



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  # 269252 2-Nov-2009 13:08
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Thanks for the input guys. I'll redo the connections and make sure that there's nothing touching the core.

Deev8: So both the braided layers should be touching each other when they're crimped?

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  # 269298 2-Nov-2009 15:50
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ryall: Deev8: So both the braided layers should be touching each other when they're crimped?

That's right.

You might find this Youtube video useful (regardless of the "this is the best connector on the market" advertising hype): How to Install RG6 Quadshield Waterproof Compression and Hex Connectors

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  # 269335 2-Nov-2009 17:33
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The best option for connectors is to use F compression or radial crimps and then a F -> belling lee adapter. This of course if a pain if you don't have the right tools but is the best way to get the job done right the first time!



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  # 271435 9-Nov-2009 20:59
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Managed to get back on the roof in the weekend. I'm not sure if this is a red herring or smoking gun, but there was some foil touching the inner core. Re-did the whole connector following the advice from you guys (thanks heaps for the youtube link) and now digital is coming through crystal clear.

Big thanks to you guys for all the help :)

 
 
 
 


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  # 271554 10-Nov-2009 10:08
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ryall: I'm not sure if this is a red herring or smoking gun, but there was some foil touching the inner core.

That wasn't a red herring - it was a significant problem.



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  # 271561 10-Nov-2009 10:21
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Good to know. I wasn't sure if the foil was conductive or acting as an insulator.

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