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    TV antenae cable

    Is a cable from Thailand the same as one in Australia? My friend wants to take one from Tesco back to Australia. Seems they don't have white cable there. thanks

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    I presume you mean the co-axial type of cable.

    It will work OK indoors.
    If you intend to use it outdoors then try and run it out of direct sunlight or it will deteriorate.

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    A cursory search shows they do have white co-ax. cable in Australia. So he should save himself the trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    I presume you mean the co-axial type of cable.

    It will work OK indoors.
    If you intend to use it outdoors then try and run it out of direct sunlight or it will deteriorate.
    So the actual wire part will carry the same in both countries. We know nothing about electronics.

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    Dick smith sell white ones.

    Buy TV Fly Lead Cable 1.5 metres | Read Reviews | Dick Smith Online Shopping

    cheaper to buy here though.

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    There are a few possible variations with coax cable:

    - Firstly there's the Impedance: Most TV and FM cable is 75 Ohm, while Radio cable is usually 50 Ohm (you need 75).

    - Then there the durability of the outer insulation: Is it rated for indoor or outdoor? (eg waterproof).
    (The colour has very little to do with anything, except perhaps the U.V. rating)

    - And then there's the general quality, eg expensive v/s cheap.

    The good stuff has thick copper braid (tight, no gaps), perhaps with multiple layers of braid separately insulated, and with high quality foam insulation and a heavy core.

    The cheap stuff has very light open braid (often just aluminum foil) and solid insulation. Both of which make the coax leaky and lossy. Eg you get a weak signal out, with lots of interference getting in.

    The bottom line: You get what you pay for.

    One possible difference is the connector type: Australia uses Belling Lee (PAL) type, America often uses F59 type.
    Search google for some pictures.

    Also soldered or crimped connectors are much better than the cheap twist-on type.
    Last edited by GuttaPercha; 02-12-2013 at 02:03 PM.

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    ^ Thanks for the great answer GuttaPercha

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