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    Extending my Sky TV cable, can I? If so, how?

    Any help will be gratefully recieved with rep!

    Thanks

    Foxy

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    I went to maplins bought the new cable (they cut it to size) and new plug things and attached to the ends. All worked no probs and was easy, not that expensive either.

    argos sell a cable that is already made up it is 10mtr long and comes with a connector for connecting more than 1 cable together it is £5.99 and i'm currentley using one now, will fit sky boxes and virgin boxes

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/images/thumb/f-plug-joiner_th.jpg
    f plug joiner

    then some coax with a f plug on each end
    http://www.toolstation.com/images/library/stock/webbig/38324.jpg


    or maplin.co.uk/Mod…537 is a ready made extention

    I was told years ago that you should not extend these cables as it reduces signal strength, as the guys say you can buy ready made up cables or if you prefer, buy a length of cable and fit the connectors yourself. They fit easily buy screwing them on just have a practice before you fit the final ones.

    mosskeeto;4514183

    I was told years ago that you should not extend these cables as it … I was told years ago that you should not extend these cables as it reduces signal strength, as the guys say you can buy ready made up cables or if you prefer, buy a length of cable and fit the connectors yourself. They fit easily buy screwing them on just have a practice before you fit the final ones.



    Not technically true... It just adds a weak point in the cable. Its just normal coaxial cable (single & Shotgun). As the pictures show above just attach an f joiner to the end going into the sky box. then add an f plug to the new coaxial cable and screw them in.

    One tip on the coaxial. Ensure that none of the shielded wires on the inside of the cable touch the centre pin. This will cause excess current and wont allow the signal. :thumbsup:

    I went to a service call today where a customer called sky because the centre pin on a cable had broken. It cost them £60 for a callout and took me only a few seconds to fit...

    J

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    spann3rs;4514556

    Not technically true... It just adds a weak point in the cable. Its just … Not technically true... It just adds a weak point in the cable. Its just normal coaxial cable (single & Shotgun). As the pictures show above just attach an f joiner to the end going into the sky box. then add an f plug to the new coaxial cable and screw them in.



    Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give you a weaker signal.

    Not saying it will be enough to cause a problem (if the dish is aligned properly, it shouldnt as there should be enough strength), however it could.

    Only way to find out though! The connectors cost about £2.50 for 10 from screwfix!

    guv;4514660

    Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give … Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give you a weaker signal.!


    Correct, as will the length of the cable.


    In Spain, where the Sky signal is very weak, it can make the difference of getting a picture, or not getting one, as you say it shouldn't make that much difference here if the dish is correctly aligned.

    You can buy ready cut coaxial with the connections on from ebay to save you the hassle i done this last week and they are spot on pretty cheap as well.

    guv;4514660

    Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give … Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give you a weaker signal.Not saying it will be enough to cause a problem (if the dish is aligned properly, it shouldnt as there should be enough strength), however it could.Only way to find out though! The connectors cost about £2.50 for 10 from screwfix!



    Yeah thanks, the guy explained that each join including the end connections reduce the signal by a percentage, the more joins the greater percentage of the signal is used... The fact is that it is a fairly easy job to get/make a new cable so not much point in joining it.. :thumbsup:

    spann3rs;4514556

    Not technically true... It just adds a weak point in the cable. Its just … Not technically true... It just adds a weak point in the cable. Its just normal coaxial cable (single & Shotgun). As the pictures show above just attach an f joiner to the end going into the sky box. then add an f plug to the new coaxial cable and screw them in. One tip on the coaxial. Ensure that none of the shielded wires on the inside of the cable touch the centre pin. This will cause excess current and wont allow the signal. :thumbsup:I went to a service call today where a customer called sky because the centre pin on a cable had broken. It cost them £60 for a callout and took me only a few seconds to fit... J


    I was told you need to make sure some copper is pulled back over the connectors on the coaxial to earth it is this true ? i know about the wires not touching the centre pin will not give you a signal but this is a new one to me was the sky guy taking carp ?

    mosskeeto;4514831

    Yeah thanks, the guy explained that each join including the end … Yeah thanks, the guy explained that each join including the end connections reduce the signal by a percentage, the more joins the greater percentage of the signal is used... The fact is that it is a fairly easy job to get/make a new cable so not much point in joining it.. :thumbsup:



    Just ensure that the connection at the LNB ( dish ) is fully watertight, the best way to do this is to use self amalgamating tape that stretches around the " f " connection at the LNB.

    This is far better than the slide over boots that are commonly used, these will fail with age, the slide down cover on it's own is also not enough to keep moisture out.


    Water and satellite cables do not mix.

    guv;4514660

    Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give … Er... technically its a fact. A break in the cable thats joined WILL give you a weaker signal.



    Thats what I meant...

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys. Didn't need to extend as the lovely SKY fella left me plenty of cable to play around with in the loft. Just had to fit a new F connector on the end and jobs a good 'un'.

    Cheers all
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