In the past few months I have assembled: an MTR-3b LCD, a ZM-2 tuner (BNC) kit I put together, a Pacific Radio 20/40 antenna kit to assemble, a couple fibreglass masts sitting in the corner, 24 AA Eneloops and a nice charger on its way to me along with a keyer. Now I need to order some BNC’s, battery cases, and some other misc. items to get this up and on the air.
I have some questions before I put in my order. Why use RG174? RG8 is less lossy. Or does the connection between rig and tuner not matter since it is so short? …RG8 too bulky? …same with the height to the top of the mast? …too much weight? I’d think you’d want to squeeze every ounce of electron at low power? …or I’m straining at gnats?
Just thinking out loud and no one to bounce this off of up north here. I’ve never dealt with such tiny coax and connector before.
…do I need a good crimper to do these connectors? …recommendations on BNC’s? …nearest electronic store is 250 mlies away so need to order everything which is the way life is here, you need to make do yourself.
Thanks in advance.