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FEP jacketed cable wire by the foot

Discussion in 'Datasheets, Manuals or Parts' started by KeepItSimpleStupid, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I'm looking for a length <25 ft or so of 5 conductor minimum of FEP or sunlight resistant cable, stranded conductors. I really would not like a red jacket.

    So, any idea who might sell wire by the foot particularly in the US.
     
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    MikeMl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    What wire gauge?
     
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    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Your right, missed it. 16-18 AWG. Basically for an old antenna rotator just to get into the attic from the roof. The current wiring is all bare and who knows the state of the rotator.
     
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  5. MikeMl

    MikeMl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    DXEngineering

    AES

    Wireman

    BuxComm

    I have some used here in Az

    ps you can tell I am a Ham;)
     
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    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Your just about everything else why not a HAM. The only thing you can sell is th OINK. Just kidding, of course.

    See PM. I was aware of DXEngineering as a company.

    None of your links were technically FEP but they would probably work. FEP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorinated_ethylene_propylene
     
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    MikeMl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    FEP is not particularly good outside in uV

    I use Tefzel (by FAA mandate) for aircraft, but have never seen a jacketed cable with the kind of conductors that would work for rotor cable.

    I have taken down ham towers where the standard (ham market) rotator cable (PVC jacketed) was up for > 10years, and it still looked ok.

    I got a rotator at a swap meet without a control box, and made my own control box using a PIC as the controller (PWM ramp up slow start, jog, digital indicator, RS232 go to heading).
     
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    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    This flat cable has been up there since 1968. or about 45 years. Thanks for the chart.
     
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    FEP is UV resistant due to high transparency

    PU insulation is UV resistant due to high blocking.

    I would choose black PU Xlink sheathing cable.
     
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    Crosslink cable means it's molecular bonds are crossed to strengthen it from mechanical and UV damage. this is done by a mass production method of spooling the wire thru a ~ givavolt electric field with specialized equipment.
    http://www.pvc.kaneka.co.jp/en/images/products/cross-linked/image01.gif image01[1].gif
     
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    I may be late But MCM electronics is a good place to order cable and a lot more stuff oh and there cheap.
     
  13. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Mike:

    I just got in a 20' lenght of 2/18, 6/22, item code #301 from the wireman (one of your suggestions). It is really nice stuff.
    Now, I wanna replace all of the cable :)

    The wire is marked even marked "Certified quality from the Wireman Inc. Rotorcable UV Resistant p/n CQ301 1041410 00## XFT" It's even marked incrementally along the jacket in feet for the amount I ordered. A very class act.

    I can see the install/fix taking a while though. First, I'll have to take the control box to the roof and see if I can get the rotor to move. Then figure out a way to attach it better since the rotor is made for flat wire. Removing the rotor will be a disaster if I have to do it.

    So, I don't know what I'm getting myself into.

    Thanks,

    KISS

    PS: I see you don't like PM's? In any event, your an asset to the forum. I have a couple of new toys to play with right now: A commercial grade tuner that demodulates just about anything thrown at it. I'm throwing ATSC at it. It includes the ability to receive IPTV as well which is I briefly checked out. It has a very nice html remote and an IR remote. It can also be controlled via a serial port supposedly.

    I'm giving the company a very good workout because I keep finding bugs and suggesting enhancements. So far, they have been receptive. By receptive, I mean, there excuse for stuff is "It's a commercial product". There is just a slew of issues and the most annoying one is it only knows how to tell time during certain parts of the day. 12:05 PM is 00:25 PM.

    It reports signal strength in dbm and the s/n ratio in db. Real numbers.

    They don't have to fix everything I throw at them. I does not report the physical channel. Instead it reports the Center frequency in MHz. It doesn't wrap "the dial". Well, it actually wraps by one and then gets stuck. Channel Remote entry doesn't show progress on the tuner itself, but does on the on screen display. Closed captioning and the EPG have issues.
    It's annoying that you must enter the decimal point and you can't manually tune. i.e. Enter a physical channel and the it doesn't tune to the corresponding virtual channel doesn't. That appears to be an FCC requirement that they don't meet.

    My other new toy is still in the box: A 4xHDMI to 4xATSC / 4xIPTV server.
     

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