[AMRadio] RG8X

W1EOF w1eof at hamnutz.com
Fri Dec 8 18:35:27 EST 2006

I agree with Jim except I'm not sure about the part "RG-8X came out after
cellular hit the market".

I started using RG8X about 1980 or so. Not many people around here had
cellphones until the mid-90s. It has always worked great for me on
50/144mhz. Also on a couple of 50ohm antennas. Most of what I do uses
ladderline now. It's good for low-moderate power.


Mark W1EOF

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Wilhite [mailto:w5jo at brightok.net]
> Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 3:47 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] RG8X
> Well Rick, RG 8X came out after cellular hit the market.  It
> is small and reasonable flexible.  It is about the same size
> as RG 59 and has a bit more loss than RG 213.  So it is
> perfect for UFH frequencies and installations in an
> automobile.
> Some of it has foam core around the center conductor and I
> would not use that at all.  Should you kink or bend it too
> much, the foam will loose it circular shape allowing the
> impedance to change at that site.  You can avoid that by
> following the installation rules of all wires.  The bend
> radius of wires of any sort is 10 X the diameter.  So if you
> have a .5 inch cable then the bend radius is 5 inches.
> According to the specs it will handle 1500 watts.  If you do
> it, be careful of installing connectors.  Should you
> overheat the connector the heat will deform the foam near it
> and that can cause problems.  I personally don't like the
> stuff, but that is my personal preference.
> Jim
> W5JO
> > Has anyone used this coax (RG8X) in lengths of about 100'
> > for legal limit AM work?  If so, how does it compare loss
> > wide to the larger coax on 75 meters?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Rick
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