Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Montreal (DDO);SBGH Gen1;GH6;Hentenna;Tivax STB-T8 Conv
RG-6 Cable & F Connector Questions
I ran into a problem with RG-6 cable and F connectors.
I always thought there was just one size of F connector and went to our local electronic parts emporium – very reasonably priced place with surplus parts such as motors, power supplies, transformers, component parts etc. I found a nice 100’ length of RG-6 cable made by Phillips Cable (good name) that was flexible and had something called a quad braid. I selected this and asked for the F connectors to go with it. I wanted the type the CATV installers put on with the knurled end that is easy on your fingers. He showed me several types and I selected the one where the screw-on end gets pushed back on the cable with a special tool that I would need to buy for $15. The sales clerk even showed me how to put one of the connectors on the cable and, this is when the problem occurred – it went on briefly but didn’t hold. He said the quad cable takes a special connector which they didn’t happen to have in stock because there isn't a great demand. I didn’t buy the cable because my intention was to customize shorter lengths from it and I was afraid that the connectors would be difficult to find.
a)Did anyone else run into this problem with F connectors and quad cable?
b)Any suggestions on what to look for in good quality RG-6, F connectors and cable connector tools?
c)Does RG-6Q always imply quad cable?
On looking around various home renovation stores I was quite surprised at the variety of F connectors and tools used to install them on cable.
SBGH Gen 1; Tivax STB-T8 converter