Thorn wrote:For me, it depends on the install, and where the nearest ground point is located. As far as the LMR-400 or any LMR-xxx, I crimp my own. It's a lot cheaper than buying them per-installed.
Thorn wrote:For me, it depends on the install, and where the nearest ground point is located. Although to tell you the truth, I haven't done an exterior install in at least two years. There just hasn't been any call for it here.
As far as the LMR-400 or any LMR-xxx, I crimp my own. It's a lot cheaper than buying them per-installed. Of course, like with a lot things, doing it right requires the correct tools. You can't do it with a pair of pliers and a prayer, and expect that you'll get the right impedance. I have two RF Industries RFA-4005 crimping tools, one equipped with a RFA-4005-1 die set, and the other with a RFA-4005-2. They are priced at about $225-$250 each. Extra dies cost about $35-$50 per set. If you want to just by one tool, and two die sets, it will only cost about $300 as opposed to approximately $500, but swapping the dies multiple times on a job gets to be a pain in the neck real quick.
Also, get the correct coax cable-cutters and strippers. LMR cable is expensive stuff, and you'll waste a lot of it -or blow the installation- if you don't have the right tools.
(No G8t, not THOSE kinds of strippers!)
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