Best Coaxial Aerial Cable?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by image165, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. image165

    image165
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    145
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +3
    Hi,

    I have a Freeview digital tuner box. I've noticed that my current coaxial aerial cables are VERY sensitive to movement. Simply by tapping the cable with my finger, a perfect Freeview picture can turn into choppy, electronic garbage.

    So, what I'd like to know is, what's the best type of aerial cable? Where can I buy it?
     
  2. bobcar

    bobcar
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2004
    Messages:
    708
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +21
    Sounds like you've got a fault rather than a bad cable type. Have you check the coax plug and socket for a firm and sound connection, maybe even replace the plug. Its also possible that the cable has a broken core near where you are moving it .
     
  3. oxygenuk

    oxygenuk
    Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2004
    Messages:
    1,644
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ratings:
    +13
  4. tykent

    tykent
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    486
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Camberley, Surrey
    Ratings:
    +22
    I use CT100 for all my system. SKY, DAB, FM, TV
    You can buy it here.
     
  5. image165

    image165
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    145
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +3
    CT100 cable. I see. Is there a more accessible high-street chain of shops that you can buy it from?
     
  6. tykent

    tykent
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    486
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Camberley, Surrey
    Ratings:
    +22
    Some of the larger B&Q stores stock it. It will be marked as digital satallite cable or such like.
     
  7. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
  8. pemberto

    pemberto
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Messages:
    500
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Huntingdon
    Ratings:
    +32
    I had http://www.custom-cable.co.uk/ make my cables up based on Van den Hul VideoLink and Insert Audio connectors. Cost wise would be the same region as QED.
     
  9. JH4

    JH4
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2003
    Messages:
    2,299
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Ratings:
    +219
    Just make sure you use double screened coax aerial cable. Any aerial rigger will supply it. It has both braid and metal screens, and works fine. Also use metal aerial plugs and sockets not the metal/plastic type, which are cheap and nasty and don't provide the best screening.
    Hope this helps.
     
  10. scussy

    scussy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    116
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +7
    at the moment i have NTL (4 boxes) wired around the house,
    i want to change to SKY + and multiroom,
    can they use the old NTL cable what is run or will the SKY intstaller use a different cable,the loft room i have is hard to get cables into now it's been insalated and boaded out,
     
  11. Barcoing Mad

    Barcoing Mad
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Messages:
    1,379
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +164
    CT125 has lower loss than CT100. Both are good cables. If you go to an RF/microwave cable manufacturer's or supplier's website (e.g. rswww.com), the attenuation is usually quoted in dB/100m over a range of frequencies and comparisons can be readily made. Connections need some care, particularly the solder free variety. (There are no advantages in going the oxygen-free-copper hifi BS route).
     
  12. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    Ntl should have used CT100/125 coax which is fine for a sky feed
     
  13. Fernsehman

    Fernsehman
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    But you can't buy plugs to fit CT125.
     
  14. IanW

    IanW
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2001
    Messages:
    1,585
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Ratings:
    +145
    Guys,

    Go VERY careful on this one, you could be wasting money (although not always).

    Most houses are fitted with VERY low standard coax. Putting a high quality QED (or equivilant) patch lead between the wall and your visual delight would be like using bell wire terminated with QED XT (£20 per metre) fly leads as speaker wire. Like all things a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, if you want the best possible RF picture, the first thing that you need to ensure is that what is in the wall is as good as possible. Have a look at my gear, I take this sort of stuff VERY seriously. When we moved into our new house almost two years ago, the first thing that we did was run new high quality RF cables to the outlets.

    Ian.
     
  15. scussy

    scussy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    116
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +7
    thanks for the feed back,
     

Share This Page

Loading...