Improving Reliability Of Drop Wire Connections (1978)

By John M. Hood, Cablesystems Engineering

One of the weak links in CATV systems for years has been the 59/U drop connectors when they have been installed outdoors. This can be shown by the analysis of service call records and more recently thousands of radiation reports.

This presentation describes new connector concepts that are designed to reducing these problems. These concepts are applied to a new connector which has improved mechanical and electrical parameters with simple installation procedures for all weather conditions.

What is the cost of a more reliable system and improved reception to the subscriber?

How can the technical trade-offs be converted into dollars? The method of assessing the economics of this new connector are also discussed.

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