Work is coming along as we get our new Antenna Feed Conduits installed up to the roof.
This is being installed in the back corner of the warehouse next to the main Electrical Circuit Breaker Panels. Two conduits; one with 6 coax cables installed, and the other with a 12 conductor signal cable and electric power line.
The bottom steel NEMA box currently has 6 each, type N coax connectors. The internal coax and cabling inside the conduits will be installed. There will be conduit pull tapes installed to easily add future cables as we need them. The U shaped wall mounted brackets in the photo have been extended to the left to enable future conduits if needed. To the right of the box is a piece of angle iron that will support overhead cable trays that will extended over our operating and work benches.
The conduits have been installed through the roof. The roof was re-sealed again. These conduits will be shortened to be about 6 inches tall to connect to a matching weatherproof steel NEMA box on the roof.
The roof top box is still under construction. The coax lightning arresters still have to installed. The terminal strips you see in the photo is for the control cable terminations. The box will be installed on pressure treated 4x4 lumber to keep it off the roof for drainage purposes. We are adding an electrical outlet on the inside and outside of the box for auxiliary uses. Still awaiting some parts that will arrive this week.
This means that next weekend, weather permitting, we should be able to install the roof top box. We have a roll of LMR400 coax, the crimp style coax connectors, the brand new crimping tool, and the coax cable stripper tool.
Question: Does anybody have any experience installing coax connectors? We could sure use your assistance next weekend.
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