CB Radios – The Coax Cable The Most Import Part of Your Rig
CB Radios – The Coax Cable
The Most Import Part of Your Rig
There are a number of blogs on the CB Radio Supply site detailing the ins and outs of transceivers and antennas. They list types, features, and how to test and mount them. What we’ve neglected to mention is perhaps the most important piece of equipment. One that, if not utilized, leaves your radio silent.
The Coax Cable
Of course, we’re talking about the coaxial (coax) cable. This simple item, which comes in a number of sizes and styles, permits transmission and receipt of signals between the radio and the antenna. Unlike some commercial radios, CBs and amateur radios do not have built in antennas. Thus, if not connected at home or in your vehicle, its operation fails.
How and where the coax is hooked up depends on the antenna’s performance. If not protected by weather or high winds, transmission acceptance might be reduced as much as 25 percent. Should it touch the metal body of the vehicle, there’s a further reduction. In some cases, this contact causes damage to the cable and the antenna.
To minimize the loss of transmission power, make sure both ends of the cable are clean of dirt and grime and tighten the connections if necessary.
Whether at home or on the road, part of the coax is going to be exposed to the elements. To protect it, consider purchasing a cable with built-in weather protections. This includes connectors made of stainless steel or metal. Don’t worry about electrocution – today’s antennas come with grounding elements to ensure your safety as well as that of your electronics.
Do you need expert knowledge on coax cables? Speak to the representatives at CB Radio Supply. Give them your specs and they’ll follow up with some suggestions.