Slightly off topic - antenna cable

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maus92

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I have a quick question about antenna cabling. I have a simple Grove multiband antenna mounted on the balcony of my top floor condo. It connents to my BC785 via a RG6 TV cable. The cable is about 25' long, but really only needs to be about 10' long. Is this OK? Would another cable type be any better?
 

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Depends on what frequencies you are trying to monitor. VHF and UHF no problem. Even 800 on that short a run isn't much.

There are charts showing loss per 100-ft for various cables at a given frequency.

You should be ok.

Grounding is important to protect your rig.
Disconnect when not in use to prevent lightening from burning you up.

Good luck.....
 

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Shorter or better grade of cable will improve the signal to the receiver, but you might not notice unless the system you listen to is some distance from you. RG6 while not the best is OK and you have an elevated location with a relatively short cable run all items on the plus side. Shorting the cable if access to a connector and tools to install might be quick and easy. Or just buying a shorter piece of prepared RG6.
 
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