screw on ones are very bad for satellite use, where they must carry
dont use for sats............
The screw on type and the crimp on type suck, but if you don't have
compression tools and fittings, you do the best you can
I have used twist-on connectors once. There were a lot of noise and
interference problems. Crimped connectors were better, but came off
too easily. Compression connectors stay on.
BTW, The only compression connectors I have are for RG6.
You don't see those much anymore. I was in a store a couple of years
ago and there was a guy who had cable all his life, but was giving it
up for an antenna. He didn't know how an antenna setup worked.
I don't recall seeing them in HD, but Lowe's and Menards have TV
antennas. I think Menards has rotators as well.
We have satellite (DirecTV), but we still use an antenna to receive our
local PBS station's additional programming that DirecTV is not
transmitting. This includes the MHz Worldview channel, which has news
broadcasts from many countries and many foreign-language movies
(subtitled, of course) -- Italian, Norwegian, French, Icelandic, etc.
Also Australian Rules Football!
I just found a way to get one of my local PBS stations. I was really
missing it. The mountain behind me makes things tricky. It blocks a
lot of signals from the closer stations, and it plays tricks with the
stations I do receive. Some of my stations I have to turn the rotator
to a different direction than were the signal is coming from. I think
some of the signals bounce off the mountain and then to me. Actually it
helps in some ways because otherwise another mountain blocks the line of
site path to some of the channels.
HD or Lowe's is probably the best place to find them.I think they cost
10 for $6.00 for the screw on kind I hate F connectors, it not a
matter of if they are going to fail it is a matter of when. The
biggest maintenance task the cable guys do is going around replacing
cable ends. Its not that the ends are poorly made, they are poorly
designed. The cables copper center conductor that forms the male part
of the connector will eventually corrode.
Cable company stuff isnt any better, some is worse. When I wired my
house for cable I used DeOxit on all the connectors and put heatshrink
tubing on them. I havent had a single problem inside the house since
then. EAsy to tell when your connectors are getting bad if you have a
digital cable box. You will have to google yor box but you can find
out how to pull up the data screen for the box on your TV and it will
show the signal strength for each channel. I was able to get the
minimum signal for my box and it was about -60db. MAbe that was 60db
SNR cant remem ber now its been a while since I had to do it.
Just about any place that sells coax connectors, including Home Depot
and Lowes has screw on connectors.
They'll never be as secure as the crimp on type or as good as the
factory made ones that the cable companies supply, but they'll work.
Depends on application, and where the cable is. For inside and for OTA
TV, damn near anything will work, sort of. For out in the weather, or
someplace that is a major pain to get to, or if the cable actually
handles power, I'd buy a tool or a new cable. You have any friends into
fancy TVs and satt systems? Odds are one of them has a tool. Or go to
www.MPJA.com , or Harbor Freight, and look there. Not the best quality
stuff, but cheap, and should be good for a few uses. By the way, you
want the connectors that go together like a toilet feed line connection,
not the ones that crimp on.
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