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The RF Connection ( http://www.therfc.com )

One of my hobbies is scanner monitoring. I particularly like to DX the 800 mhz trunked systems in and around Ohio. I try to be efficient in my use of cables / adapters / connectors since every dB counts at 800 Mhz.

For so long I’ve been sick and tired of purchasing subpar connectors and adapters from local places such as Radio Shack and Hosfelt Electronics. I’ve gotten tired of sloppy connectors that either pull apart or simply do not make a tight connection and thus are intermittent.

In comes The RF Connection. I heard about them from Dale Parfitt (PAR Electronics). I figured if they were good enough for a craftsman like Dale, they would definitely be good enough for me. So, last week I gave them a call and told them I’d like an N-Female to BNC-Male adapter, four short jumpers with BNC Males on the end, and two longer cables with BNC Males on the ends.

Well, I just received them all today. As soon as I started unpacking I knew I was in for a treat. The BNC connectors that they used on the end of the jumpers are outstanding. There is no slop whatsoever in them. I plugged them into multiple scanners and attempted to find an intermittent one, but each and every one fastened securely and provided a nice clean connection.

RG-58 was used for the jumpers per my request. Even though they are short jumpers, I tend to abuse them. I wanted rugged jumpers. I’m not concerned about the loss since (a) the jumpers are only 3′ long and (b) they will be used on the outputs of a Stridsberg MCA204M multicoupler, which is an active multicoupler providing a little gain on the output of each port.

The cable<-->connector junctions on these cables are beautiful. I couldn’t have done a better job if I had spent many hours on making them myself. I have no concerns about an end pulling out if a scanner falls off the table and has to dangle by one of these jumpers.

Incidentally, they don’t advertise on their website that they make up custom cables. However, I knew when speaking to Dale Parfitt recently that RFC would indeed make custom cables. So I called them and asked. They said sure and asked me what I needed. I told them about my application and asked them to give me their recommendation. Ultimately they’ll make the cable you want, but it didnt’ hurt for me to hear what they recommended.

The cables aren’t cheap, but rarely does anything of high quality end up being cheap. Great cable assemblies, great adapters, great connectors, and great customer service. If you’re ever in need of RF connectors, adapters, cabling, tools, etc you should really take a look at The RF Connection. I give them 5 stars!

Written by Mike

February 19th, 2011 at 6:52 pm