Just installed a new satellite dish to replace the nasty rusty old one.
Nice new high gain LNB as well.
Currently I'm reusing the 20+ year old old cabling, but given I would
really like to re-route it am inclined to replace that too.
I see dual (so called "shotgun") cable is readily available. Much
thinner, and more flexible. Just the job for an easy install.
Is there any valid reason to be concerned about this cable?
Instinctively I have reservations. Is this rational, or not?
On Wednesday, 16 November 2016 19:51:54 UTC, Vortex12 wrote:
There's nothing wrong with shotgun cable, but if it's thinner than ordinary it will have a higher attentuation which may be a problem with low signal areas or long runs.
Personally I'm not a fan of it as I think it bends/kinks too easily.
Consider running to all 4 ports on the LNB now as it saves going up the ladder again later.
On Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:42:40 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
Assuming we are talking about a Sky/Freesat dish there shouldn't be
any low signal areas if the dish is fully illuminated and a zone2 used
in Scotland. The LNB is effectively a masthead amp for the IF signal
in the cable, so it's a more robust medium than you think.
Actually it's a zone 2 in southern UK. About 15 metres between dish and
Planning to ditch Sky after Christmas for Freesat, but I installed a
latest 6 way Sky branded "hybrid" LNB to retain future option of Sky Q
and also keep existing Sky box usable just in case.....
Think I'll go shotgun for the cabling for ease of installation.
Just for the record the Shotgun cable works fine for me.
Cable run about 15M shows 100% signal strength at receiver.
I have to say the connector installation is a bit fiddly compared with
full size cable. Very easy to "short" the connector without noticing
(or maybe I need an eye test).
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