So I'm a COX Cable customer and they now have small cable boxes you need for every TV in your house for Digital TV. Well nice to know if you're like me these boxes come with short Coax patch cables and HDMI cables. My TV's all use HDMI so the coax cables were not needed. Until today when I noticed a problem with two of my scanner patch cables. When scanners suddenly get quiet there's reason to check the coax. So I am now using the coax from Cox on two scanners. They work just fine, I know 75 ohm vs 50 ohm, not starting that discussion again. I run Beldin 9913 to an Electroline 8 way drop amp. These patch cables were from the amp to scanners. Just a few feet needed. Also had to use f to BNC adaptors at the scanners. I agree not actually free since the boxes are rented from COX.