Pal Connector for Satellite Cable

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  1. Geeky123

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    Can I use Pal connectors instead of F connectors in satellite signal cable?

    Do Pal connectors cause signal loss to satellite signals?
     
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    Do you mean the regular push-type aerial connectors (called Belling-Lee connectors)? This would probably work although most cheap Belling-Lee plugs do not create a very robust or secure connection which could easily affect the signal.

    Why not use f-type connectors? They are the preferred connector, and as long as you choose the correct size for your cable type they are pretty much fool proof to fit.
     
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    What is your application?

    Connectors are interchangeable, however it is obviously much better to use F connectors where possible because of the secure mechanical connection.
    F connectors should always be used from a dish LNB to a receiver, for most setups that would be your only option anyway.

    Pal or Belling Lee connectors can sometimes have a loose fit, causing either signal loss, interference, or broken connections.
    F connectors , by design, are more secure and give less problems.
     
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    Also satellite coax carries voltages, not very high @ 13/18c dc 350-400mA, but enough to cause damage if shorted with routinely loose connections & also applies to the way belling lee connectors are made up on the coax compared to f connectors- particularly the braid.

    you can get push on f connectors though, if that suites what you are after, but we use them on satellite meters rather than on final installations, although patch leads for connecting IRS/Multiswitch cascading units etc. are available terminated with push fit f connectors, these are far more solid than belling lee.
     
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    Thanks guys for your replies. My application is just a satellite dish - receiver connection, but I noticed a significant signal improvement when I replaced pal connectors with f ones, so I had the dought.
     

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