- Hi all. For those interested in the use of CAT5 cable, have a look at
this site. http://www.lz1aq.signacor.com/
I have one of LZ1AQ'S loops here and it is now my most used recieving
antenna. Highly recommended.
It is fed using 30m of CAT 5 with no problems. For outdoor use, CAT5 /
6 is available in forms suitable for this use - uses a rugged black
external jacket rather than the flimsy blue stuff used for internal
cable. The only issues may be sourcing it - try a wholesaler though
buying a short length is probably hard to do as they usually sell by the
drum. Another possible source is a data / comms installer who may be
more likely to sell a short length especially if he has some scrap
lengths tucked away. Otherwise just possibly spray paint the blue stuff
some unobtrusive colour and accept that replacement will be needed every
so often. Goodness knows, it is cheap enough!
Re using zip cord and the like: it is my choice on DXpeditions rather
than hauling along bulky coax. For recieving purposes it works just fine
with suitable baluns / matching transformers. Yes, we can get all
academic and purist but it suffices well for my particular purposes.