what is the best coax to use to extend the coax cable to my winegard pathfinder x2

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  1. Wayne Billings

    Wayne Billings Topic Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    I have replaced my winegard carryout when it went on the blink. I replaced it with a winegard pathfinder x2. It came with only 20 ft of rg6 coax. I called winegard questioning the amount of cable that can be used with the pathfinder x2. I was told 100 ft. of rg6 was the most that would work. Is this true. I use the satellite in my rv while camping and this could be a problem. I have used much more coax with the carryout with positive results. Is there some way to be able to extend the amount of coax used with the pathfinder x2 or is 100ft really the max...… Looking for recommendations..
     
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    Brussam SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    There is RG6 and RG6. Most RG6 is iron core with copper plating of the conductor. There is solid copper core RG6 which will go much further. Sodir copper core RG6 tends to be more flexible.

    The challenge is determining if the RG6 is solid copper at the store. Buying online you have a better chance of finding it.
     
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    does anyone know how much rg6 with the solid copper core be used with the x2,,will rg11 do better?
     
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    I am trying to make a choice of what coax to buy. Is rg11 a better choice coax to use with my playmaker x2 and vip 211 receiver. Should I consider solid copper conductor. Should I consider quad shield? How do these components affect performance of my equipment.
     
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    First, I am an RVer and I can’t imagine needing 100’ of coax in a campground or park.

    Standard RG-6 should be sufficient for your needs. RG-11 and quad may need different tools to work with, for no detectable gain.

    I have read that the signal basically is a surface phenomenon so copper clad is good enough. I still prefer, but don’t insist upon, pure copper because I think it will last longer. Fantasy, I’m sure.

    I once bought a reel at Home Depot. It was fine. Next time, I bought a reel from an electrical supply house. I immediately saw the sheathing was too thin. I should have rejected it. It turned out to be crap. If I buy another reel, it’ll probably be from a big box hardware store.


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    RG11 is bulky, expensive and hard to work with. RG6 should be fine and solid copper offers less resistance so the voltage at the dish should be higher than with clad and that's what the self pointing dishes need. Quad shield is more shield which is primarily used to reduce interference.

    I would go with a good quality RG6 with solid copper conductor.
     
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    Need clarification.....rg11being bulky, (is it that much more bulky than rg6) and yes it is expensive, and why is it so
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    hard to work with....using it on a satellite dome or dish and just running it straight out and not making any hard corners out in the woods..(not like running it in a house or building)... Also If I would go with the rg6 how do I determine a quality rg6 from a cheaper version besides price?
     
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    Brussam SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    "First, I am an RVer and I can’t imagine needing 100’ of coax in a campground or park. "

    Well I have had to go 200' to get from under a heavy canopy of trees. So imagine.
     
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    One advantage with the X2 that can minimize the cable length needed is the dual arc capability. I find that east of the Mississippi, the eastern arc sats are often easier to hit on treed sites due to the higher elevation, and other times a hole through the branches make the western arc easier to hit. That said, I have needed 150-200 feet of coax on a couple of occasions for our 1000.4 dish. With both arcs available though, I can say that with a couple of hundred campgrounds behind us, we've not landed on one yet where I could not get a sat signal.
     
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    If you've ever worked with RG11 you'd know what I mean when I say it's bulky and hard to work with.
     
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    what should I look for when shopping for a quality coax cable
     
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    A solid copper center conductor...
     
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    does the shielding make any difference or concern. also is there a couple particular brand name
     
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    In this application, there isn't a lot of outside interference to deal with, so the shielding isn't critical as long as it's there. There are many reliable brands, but I'm partial to Mediabridge coax that happens to be triple shielded. Admittedly though, mostly I like the EZ-Grip caps they supply that make connections easier for my stiff old fingers. ;)
     
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