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Old 04-29-2017, 11:52 AM
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Are there any companies/dealers that let you order custom coax where you can tellem what length, connectors, and kind of coax and they'll make it for you? Antenna Farm used to offer this, but now I guess they're out of business. Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other companies that do this. Say, if you want an NMO mount with 20 feet of RG-8X and a male BNC connector, that you can order it.
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You can order NMO mounts with longer cable. Problem is the connectors are not usually installed so it can be cut to length.

One option is to look for the Larsen NMO mounts with the "FME" style connectors. There are two options:
1. The FME jack is on the antenna base at a 90 angle. You install the cable separate from the mount.
2. The NMO mount has a cable with the FME on the end.
The function of the FME connector is that it's a small connector, just a bit bigger than the coax, so it can be pre-installed and routed through the vehicle easily. When you get to where you are going with it, you install an FME to BNC adapter on the end. It's just slightly longer than a crimped on BNC.

Many years ago we ended up with a "pre-engineered" product that had one of these. It was the first one I'd used, so I was interested/skeptical. Anyway, it's worked fine, no issues.

You'll pay a premium for this, but it's not a lot. If you are not comfortable crimping/soldering your own connectors, or just don't have the tools, it's a good option.

Alternately, if you were to tell one of us exactly what you wanted, we could just build it for you.
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Are there any companies/dealers that let you order custom coax where you can tellem what length, connectors, and kind of coax and they'll make it for you? Antenna Farm used to offer this, but now I guess they're out of business. Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other companies that do this. Say, if you want an NMO mount with 20 feet of RG-8X and a male BNC connector, that you can order it.
Antenna farm is back in business...check it out.
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Antenna farm is back in business...check it out.
I just tried to order something from them, but I got a message saying they weren't accepting orders at this time.

Oh, well, I needed a new antenna like I need a hole in the head.
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A lot of Amateur radio shops/stores will build custom cables. The one in Overland Park, KS (Associated radio) does....

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I've ordered stuff from them. Definitely not the cheapest option, but definitely quality materials and workmanship.
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