[ldm-users] New, more efficient satellite dish-to-receiver coax, and network failure at weatherx.admin.niu.edu

Hello everyone,

Two-fold message to save space:

First, NIU's network connection is mostly shot: the firewall is having
major issues, and network connectivity is intermittent. This email should
get out, but maybe not in a timely matter. All LDM feeds, however, are down
from weatherx.admin.niu.edu. Network engineers are working on a solution.
We should be up later today.

It has come to my attention, for those of you who have NOAAport
receivers and dishes, that DawnCO has come out with a new formula for
their RG-11 cable that transmits signal more efficiently. Instead of the
usual 5.6 dB/100 foot signal loss, they claim 3.1 dB/100 foot signal loss,
which is fantastic. It's rated for this all the way up to 3 GHZ, which
easily covers the L-band and thus, NOAAport transmissions. What this would
also do is effectively increase the coax length you can run from dish to
receiver from 300' to 500', in addition to minimizing interference
further (this also includes pay-TV installs such as DirecTV/Dish Network).
Has anyone tried this yet, and if so, what are your results?


DawnCO doesn't lie or exaggerate specs, so this sounds like a real winner
for cable runs over 50', and those installations prone to interference via
ingress into the cable.


Gilbert Sebenste                                                    ********
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