Glad you spotted that: people might be tempted to use nylon ties of the kind where one end fits into a slot at the other end and then you cinch it tight. Don't do it. With time the tension will cause the coax cable's protective sheath to crack or break through, or the cable's copper conducting core might even snap with a hard enough bendback. Even worse are any kinds of ties with wire cores, like the kind that you see holding a new device's power cord in a loop from the factory.tricky said:I notice you're just using electrical tape to fasten you cable to the mast? I was listening to an installer while he was talking to a customer on the phone and he said taping 75 ohm cable to the mast and tower was fine as the cable is shielded. He said to wrap several wraps of tape around the tower or mast then tape the cable in.
Whats the consensus on this?
Electrical tape is the only way to go. Its extremely resilient to rain and cold, with the added benefit that you can apply it in such a way that the cable never has more than a gentle curve to it if it accidentally gets pulled. I remembered that from when I used to work for a cable TV company a long time ago so I did it that way again. Also I used the weather boots that came with the CM4228 balun and the AP8275 preamp, but I went the extra bit to apply some Armor Coat all purpose roof patch sealer, which goes on gooey and black but dries into a dark grey rubbery coating that insulates and weatherproofs anything. Then I used black electrical tape around the CM4228's balun. Remember, I live on the Wet Coast, so I don't take any chances!