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Solid Copper Conductor RG6

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by BennyGregg, May 23, 2013.

  1. BennyGregg

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    A couple of years ago, I bought solid copper conductor RG6 at Lowes. Yesterday, I found that all they had was copper coated steel. Home Depot also had only copper coated steel, although a salesman looked up the specs on their RG6 and the conductor was listed as "copper"; but when I scraped a section of the center conductor it was obvious it was copper coated steel. Buyer beware.

    I ended up ordering from SolidSignal.
     
  2. Jim1023

    Jim1023 New Member

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    A magnet is a good way to test for copper coated steel cable.
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

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    Good information to have. Copper coated steel is ok for runs between the receivers and SWM, but not for the power inserter run or the runs between SWM and dish.
     
  4. cypherx

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    I have commscope RG6-QS which is not solid copper. I have no issues at all. Granted the run is not very long from the power inserter to the red port on the swm-8 (maybe 30 - 40 feet), but no issues. Perfect Vision solid copper goes from the splitter to the ground block, to the dish.

    Only issue I had was the fittings rusted out and the ground block deteriorated. I put new PPC fittings on, new ground block and put it inside an enclosure along with the CATV feed to keep it out of the weather.
     
  5. satinstallerguy

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    You can use it between the PI , LNB and or splitter....... Directv requires use of SCC though , but it does work.... Just keep in mind most prewired houses are being built with CCS in the wall , so you are using it alot of the time anyways....
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Stuart was pointing out where you could use CCS and not have to be concerned about a voltage drop.

    You've got 4.4 times more resistance with CCS than SCC. In short runs, this may not be a problem, but it can be with long runs.
     
  7. cypherx

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    How long do you think CCS cable will reliably transport power to the LNB?
     
  8. P Smith

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    depend how fast it will rust ... when water come into fittings and the cable
    Santa Cruz probably faster, in Bay Area is not; I would say 3-5 years for worst, 10-15 years for better places
     
  9. cypherx

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    Oh well my CCS is indoors. From the dish to SWIM splitter inside was all DirecTV installed. Perfect Vision RG6, I would imagine its solid copper if DirecTV installed it. The ground block rusted out and that metal cancer spread into the fittings so I had to cut them off and put new ends on as well as new ground block. I relocated the ground block inside a plastic "cable guard" house box along with the CATV feed (which is RG11 to RG6-QS).

    Anyway in a central location of my house where my cable modem, router, switch and patch panel reside, I have the deca CCK passing through the directv power inserter all using Commscope RG6-QS CCS.
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    high humidity will rust it faster
     
  11. satinstallerguy

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    Most houses don't have long runs like you have in commercial settings, so my point was you can use it with a few exceptions.
     

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