I would keep it full length in case you ever re-arrange again. I may be wrong, but 3 extra feet should not make a difference, as long as you have a good way to coil it. Adding a barrel coupler to lengthen it in the future will add loss.
on behalf of kd8cbj
Sent: Sun 7/2/2006 10:40 AM
Subject: [WestMichiganHams] rule of thumb
I am doing some rearranging in the shack/lab.Read some transmission
line info.After moving stuff say I have 3ft or more extra coax,cut and
resolder connections?Less than 3ft,don't bother?For RX-scanner- it
does'nt matter?Keep it full lenght for future applications?