Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

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Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:00 am

Does anyone know if the current Commscope connectors for 7/8" foam line will fit older (say, 20-30 years) Andrew line?
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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by ncradioeng » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:00 pm

Probably not. The new line has a paper-thin outer conductor and a foam-filled inner conductor that requires a coring tool to prep it. The inside diameter of the center conductor is a little larger which makes for a loose fit on the old connector center pins. Also, it takes special care to install a grounding kit, you can easily cut right through the outer conductor when removing the jacket.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by ncradioeng » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:03 pm

Ooops, I misread your post and reversed the situation. It may be a struggle to force new connectors onto old line.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:46 pm

In that case does anyone have a pair of Andrew L5PNF-RC or -RPC connectors they can sell? I would not mind refitting used connectors if they are in good shape and if I can get a copy of the installation instructions. Only one will be outdoors.
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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by RGORJANCE » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:45 pm

Check the Gates Air site and go yo their EBAY listings. I think I saw something like that a couple days ago..........just saying. I am old and could have been having a senior moment.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:23 pm

I might have one or two at hone in my junk box...Ill check tonight.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Joe Friday » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:05 pm

The current/new connectors definitely will not work on the older LDF5 series cable. The current series of connectors barley work with the new AVA5 cable. I really don't understand why building connectors for the new cable has been so difficult. The LDF series connectors were a snap to install. There was one series of connectors that worked 100% of the time and were easily installed without any special tools or jigs. A hacksaw with a fine tooth blade and an old tooth brush were all that was necessary.

The series of one piece connectors they went through with the ball bearings were nearly useless. I am very loyal to Andrew/Commscope, but have seriously considered looking at Celwave again due to the connector issues.

As with all things, YMMV.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:39 am

I found a pair of connectors, didn't check the numbers though. one had a male N and the other a femlel N. the female was new in box and the male was a used connector still on a few inches of coax. looks ok from the outside.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:57 am

Nathaniel Steele wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:39 am
... didn't check the numbers though ...
I would like to know the numbers so I can check a vintage Andrew catalog to see if they are correct for that line.
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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:24 pm

Sorry for the Delay, heck of a weekend here with nasty storms....

The new in box connector is L5TNF-PS, it is the no soldering type positive stop connector.

The used one is unmarked....I'll post a picture.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:47 pm

I think the new in box one is for a newer style cable, with hollow center.

The used one has a chunk of cable with a solid center. If I can find big enough wrenches here I can take it apart, if you'd like.
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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by ncradioeng » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:14 pm

That's looks to be Cablewave but I may be wrong.

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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:18 pm

While fidgeting with the connector I noticed it unscrewed....

Could be cablewave, I've not seen one like this before:
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Re: Commscope Connectors and Andrew 7/8" Line

Post by ncradioeng » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:51 am

Yep, it's old an Cablewave connector.

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