[time-nuts] Measuring coax temperature coefficient with a TICC

Alex Pummer alex at pcscons.com
Wed Apr 19 22:20:42 EDT 2017

most likely the cooper is much ticker than the penetration of the lowest 
frequency for which the cable is used, therefore the high frequency 
"does not" see the steel inside of the cooper, that steel could cause 
problem if the coax also used to carry some power -- DC or AC -- because 
at lower frequency or DC the cable's current carried mostly in the 
cooper, and while the cooper constitute just a small fraction of the 
center wire cross section, a cable with "steel core" could carry much 
less current, than a cable with full cooper. But the steel core cable 
has one advantage it is usually stronger than a full cooper cable and 
therefore it is usable for outside installation with larger support 

KJ6UHN,  [a former engineer of a cable manufacturer ]

On 4/19/2017 11:57 AM, Hal Murray wrote:
> kb8tq at n1k.org said:
>> I’d want to be pretty sure what the center conductor was made out of. I’ve
>> seen some stuff in coax that “one would think” should not be there (copper
>> over steel …).
> Does that effect the propagation time?
> If I gave you a good scope picture of a pulse after going through chunk of
> coax, could you figure out the ratio of copper to steel?  Would you need to
> know the length or could you figure that out too?
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