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Online ErikMattson

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RG6 Compression Tool
« on: January 13, 2022, 2105 UTC »
Will an "RG6 compression tool" also work for the "quad shield" version of RG6? It's slightly beefier, isn't it?

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: I hate F connecters.
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2022, 0036 UTC »
AFAIK, many RG-6 compression tools will do RG-59, RG-6, and RG-6QS connections. Some will do RG-11 connections as well.

Even my basic Belden RG-6 coax compression tool like found at big-box hardware stores lists QS as being supported.

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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2022, 0056 UTC »
AFAIK, many RG-6 compression tools will do RG-59, RG-6, and RG-6QS connections. Some will do RG-11 connections as well.

Even my basic Belden RG-6 coax compression tool like found at big-box hardware stores lists QS as being supported.

I'm just a doofus with no patience.  I was in too much of a hurry to get back home and up on the roof. I think these ends are just too small. All good. I worked some UHFs on there for the time being.
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 1436 UTC »
IMHO, quad shield RG6 is rarely needed for ham/SWL applications and can be a bit difficult to work with getting a nice crimp.

OTOH, typical hardware store variety F connectors, crimper, and dual shield foil/braid RG6 work well
together, are cheap, readily available, and all you need for everyday ham/SWL use.

If you do a lot of RG6, check out the Belden Snap-N-Seal connectors and crimpers.  They cost more
but do a pro job.
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2022, 0150 UTC »
World of difference...when you use the RIGHT connectors   ::)
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2022, 1818 UTC »
I have been using Thomas & Betts snap seal compression F connectors for quite awhile now. Good quality, and you often can find bulk bags on eBay for decent prices.

Except for a couple of 11m-band verticals, most of my feedline runs are dual-shield RG-6 from big-box hardware stores.
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2022, 1242 UTC »
I switched from hateful PL-259 connectors and RG-8/whatever to compression F connectors and RG-6 years ago and have never looked back.   

In my case I use Belden weatherproof connectors. I picked up a 1000 ft spool of RG-6 at a hamfest a year or two ago, so I am ok for a little bit  :)
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Re: RG6 Compression Tool
« Reply #7 on: Today at 01:07 »
I switched from hateful PL-259 connectors and RG-8/whatever to compression F connectors and RG-6 years ago and have never looked back.   

In my case I use Belden weatherproof connectors. I picked up a 1000 ft spool of RG-6 at a hamfest a year or two ago, so I am ok for a little bit  :)
Yeah, I think I'm a convert. Once I realized I was using connectors the were too small. All good now. And I love how (relatively) inexpensive RG6 is.
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