Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

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Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our Cable Assembly product line: the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool.

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is a unique new product that makes it possible to strip multiple types of coaxial cable, even cable from different manufacturers, with a single tool.  We have purposefully released the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool alongside some additional products, our new RF Compression Connectors, which are designed to be installed on coaxial cables following the cable stripping process, (click here for more information about our RF Compression Connectors).

Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool Introduction Video

As the name states, our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is capable of stripping multiple types of cables, including air and foam dielectric cables, as well as cables from different manufacturers.  This is made possible by the different bushings that can be interchanged on the bottom of the tool.  Each bushing is designed to help cables entering the tool perfectly align so that they are stripped correctly.

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool comes with 3 bushings.  Want to strip a CommScope copper shielded cable?  Use the 620 bushing.  CommScope Aluminum Cable?  Use the 630 bushing.  RFS Copper Shielded Cable?  Use the 650 bushing.  The number on each bushing references a size, (in millimeters), that ensures different types of cables line up correctly once inserted into the stripping tool.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool assembled

The bushings can be easily interchanged with one another, as there is a simple screw towards the bottom of the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool that, once loosened, will release the bushing.  Once the desired bushing is put in place, you simply tighten the screw once more to secure the bushing into place.

Our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool also features a stopping point, meaning the tool will not continue to strip once it has stripped the necessary amount.  It is possible for the tool to continue to spin, but because of the built-in stopping point, it will not continue to cut/strip the cable.

The tool can be used by hand via the T-Handle, or the T-Handle can be detached, allowing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool to be directly inserted into a drill.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool in Pieces
Multi-Cable Stripping Tool on Drill

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool – Key Features Video

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool comes with the 3 different sized bushings, 2 allen wrenches, 1 dental pick (for finesse cleaning of stripped cables), a cutting tool, and a carrying pouch.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool - Complete Package

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is available now, and you can find out more Information about the tool and accessories here, or by clicking on a button below.  You can also learn more about the recently released RF Compression Connectors, by clicking here.

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Introducing RF Compression Connectors

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Introducing RF Compression Connectors

We are pleased to announce some new additions to our Cable Assembly product line; RF Compression Connectors.  The connectors are made for coaxial cables and are available in 4.3-10 and Type N, (both male and female).  These RF Compression Connectors have been purposefully released alongside another new product, our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool, (which you can learn more about here).

Introducing RF Compression Connectors

See the RF Compression Connectors Being Installed

As the name states, these connectors are installed by means of compression and can be quickly and easily installed in the field, (if necessary).  The connectors are installed in a few, simple steps.  After stripping the cable, take the provided o-ring and slide it into the third “valley,” or corrugation of exposed cable. Then, slide the lower half of the connector over the o-ring and onto the cable.  Attach the other half of the connector, and torque it tight.

RF Compression Connectors

Our RF Compression Connectors have excellent test results, with VSWR less than 1.2 and Return Loss less at -21 dB.  The connectors are available in 4.3-10 and Type N variations, both male and female.

RF Compression Connectors Compatibility

Perhaps the most impressive feature of these new connectors, is their wide compatibility.  Our RF Compression Connectors work with CommScope cables, both aluminum and copper, as well as Radio Frequency System (RFS) cables, in addition to our own.

You can see the compatibility specifics in the table below.

RF Compression Connectors Compatibility

Cable Brand

Part Number

Commscope (Copper Shielded)

HL4RPV-50

Commscope (Aluminum Shielded)

AL4RPV-50

Radio Frequency Systems (Aluminum Shielded)

ICA12-50JPLLW

Radio Frequency Systems (Copper Shielded)

RFSICA12-50JPL

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PLN-CU-50

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PLN-AL-50

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STF50-LSZH-1/2

Commscope

LDF4-50A

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RF Compression Connectors

Our new, RF Compression Connectors are available now.  You can learn more about them here, or by clicking on a button below.  You can also learn more about our new Multi-Cable Stripping Tool, which makes it possible to strip multiple coaxial cable types with a single tool, by clicking here.

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New: Rugged, Ultra Low Loss, Coax Cables

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New: Rugged, Ultra Low Loss, Coax Cables

The Gamma Electronics team is happy to announce a new addition to our cable line of products: Rugged, Ultra Low Loss, RF Coaxial Cables. 

Below we provide answers to, (what we assume will be), common questions and we provide some test data as well.

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What does “Ultra Low Loss” Mean?

These new cables are an upgrade over braided shield cables, (i.e. LMR 195 & 400), which are often referred to as low loss cables.  While it’s true that braided shield cables tend to produce good low loss results, our new Ultra Low Loss cables significantly improve both the VSWR and insertion loss results over low loss cables, hence the name, “Ultra Low Loss.”

The Test Results

We’ve compared our cables against LMR 195 & 400 cables to find improved VSWR results, as well as up to a 25% improvement on insertion loss results.  Our Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cables will make it so that more of your signal gets to the desired destination.  You can see the test results in the chart below, where we compared these new cables, (labeled as S-FLEX 1/4″), against both LMR 400 and LMR 195.

Ultra Low Loss Coax Cables Test Results

It’s important to note that a drop of 1 dB amounts to about a 26% improvement.  For those who might not be familiar, measurements like dB are not done on a linear scale but instead utilize a logarithmic scale.  Logarithmic scales are intentionally used to make numbers that would be spaced apart from one another on an exponential level, easier to read on a single chart.   So, for example, in the Insertion Loss test results above, a 1 dB improvement may seem like “only 1 dB,” but it is actually around a 25% improvement.

What Makes these Cables Different?

The single biggest difference between our Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cables, compared to cables like LMR 195 & 400, is the cable’s outer shield.  The outer shield, (sometimes also referred to as the outer conductor), is the part of the cable that sits just inside the cable jacket.  It’s called a shield as it rejects outside interference, but it also acts as a conductor that helps propogate the signal through the cable.

Low Loss cables use a braided shield, which are made up of many small, woven, metallic fibers.  Those fibers create a shield to help block external, electromagnetic interference.  Low Loss cables also require a foil conductor, that sits just inside the braided shield, to act as a conductor, which helps conduct and propogate signal through the cable.  Low Loss cables need this two piece solution that produces good, but not great results. 

Our Ultra Low Loss cables on the other hand, utilize a spiraled, corrugated copper design, which accomplishes both the rejection of outside interference as well as conducting signal within the cable, with great results.

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Ultra Low Loss Coaxial Cable Interior

SDL-SMA-60 Dimensions

Braided Shield Cable Interior

A braided shield is, simply put, an inferior outer shield/conductor compared to the spiraled, corrugated copper used on the Ultra Low Loss coaxial cables.  A simple bend or twist in the cable could easily introduce a gap in the braided shield, which is not going to happen on a corrugated copper cable, unless there is a noticeable break in the cable, (also unlikely to happen).  Additionally, the braided shield is not as durable, which we’ll go into more below.

What Makes these Cables Rugged?

Ultra Low Loss cables are far better suited to withstand the wear and tear that comes with being deployed on cell phone, WISP, or fixed wireless applications.  Braided shield cables, as a comparison, can be easily knicked or cut, resulting in a gap in the outer shield/conductor, that leaks signal while also allowing for outside interference to work its way into the cable.  In addition, that knick/cut in the cable has introduced an entry point for moisture into the cable.

Ultra Low Loss cables, on the other hand, have that superior outer shield that will better withstand knicks and cuts.  It’s a single piece of copper as compared to a bunch of braided metal fibers, making it tougher and more durable.  Even if the cable jacket were to be knicked or cut it’s unlikely the cable’s outer shield would be cut as well.

Lastly, the Ultra Low Loss cables are soldered instead of being crimped.  Not only does this give better test results, but in simple pull tests we found that braided shield cables needed far less pull to come apart than the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cables.  A strong enough tug and the connector on braided shield cables would pop off, but not so with the Ultra Low Loss cables.  The Rugged, Ultra Low Loss coaxial cables required one side to be held in place and far more pounds of pressure to be applied in order to come apart.

Are the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cables Flexible?

Yes, very.  The Rugged, Ultra Low Loss cables are actually Superflex, quarter inch cables.  These cables do have more rigidity to them than you will find with LMR cables, but they are far more flexible than something like a 1/2″ annular and/or standard coaxial cable.  These cables are able to be flexible because, (unlike annular or standard cables), their outer shield is spiraled.

What Connectors Can I Get on the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss, Coaxial Cable?

We currently offer this cable in three connector varations: RPSMA to RPSMA, RPSMA to Type N, and Type N to Type N.

We also offer different length cables in these different connector variations, so make sure to check out their individual pages for more details.

Do You Offer the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cable with Weatherproofing?

Absolutely.  We offer all variations of the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss cable with our industry leading, silicone cold shrink tubing.  We have cold shrink tubing designed to perfectly match RPSMA connections, (SDL-SMA-60) and Type N connections, (SDL-TNS-65), all while creating a watertight seal on a 1/4″ superflex cable.  Our cold shrink tubing provides an IP68 rated, watertight seal that simply cannot be matched.

Conclusion

Our new, Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Coaxial Cables are a solution we chose to bring to the market as we saw an increasing demand, (specifically from the WISP industry), for cables that outperformed braided shield/low loss cables, while not having to be quite as high-end as Low PIM cables.  We were able to utilize some of the technology from our Low PIM cables in this new offering, while providing a better price point for our customers.

Assuming you don’t need low PIM cables, the Rugged, Ultra Low Loss coaxial cable is the “best value for your money” cable on the market, especially when you consider the perfectly matched cold shrink tubing included with the cable.

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Ready to improve your VSWR and Insertion Loss Results?  It’s time to upgrade to Gamma’s Ultra Low Loss Cables.

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New Custom RF Coaxial Cable Variations

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New Custom RF Coaxial Cable Variations

In our efforts to meet the demands of the telecommunications and fixed wireless industries we have added 3 new variations that are now available to our customers in need of customized RF coaxial cables.  We are now able to offer quarter inch (1/4″) superflex cable, NEX10 connectors, as well as a new and improved Type N connector.

You can learn more about each below.

New Weatherproofing Product Variations from Gamma Electronics

Quarter Inch (1/4″) Superflex Coaxial Cable

Gamma Electronics Standard and Superflex RF Cables

One of the first key additions now available as a custom RF cable option is our quarter inch (1/4) superflex cable.  With the growth of 5G we’ve seen greater demand for smaller cables, specifically cables that can pair easily with NEX10 connectors.  While we’ve been offering the 1/4 inch superflex cable on our NEX10 to 4.3-10 cables for more than a year we are excited to now offer it as a custom RF cable option.

The 1/4 inch Superflex adds to our half inch Superflex and half inch Standard (or annular) options that we have been offering for years.

Gamma Low PIM, RF Coaxial Cable options

Alongside the 1/4 inch superflex cable we have also been adding more and more RF weatherproofing options to go with these cables, which you can find by clicking here.

NEX10® Connector

With the growth of 5G we’ve seen increased demands not only for quarter inch superflex cable but for NEX10 connectors as well.  These connectors perform incredibly well in low PIM applications and help conserve space on what are often tightly packed antennas and radios.

In addition to offering the NEX10 connector as a custom RF cable option we also lead the telecom industry in terms of offering weatherproofing for the NEX10 connector.  We have one of the few NEX10 weatherproof boots available on the market as well as some of the only cold shrink tubing capable of shrinking down small and tight enough to create a watertight seal on NEX10 connections.

Updated Type N Connector

Gamma Electronics Standard and Superflex RF Cables

In addition to the new variations above we are also pleased to announce an update to our Type N Connectors, which has been one of our most popular custom cable options that we’ve provided to customers over the years.  While we’ve had great success with our N type connections over the years we’re still always looking for ways to improve our products.

Our updated Type N connector is a bit longer than what we’ve offered previously, making it a more robust connector that will better withstand the wear and tear of outdoor use.  Like our Type N connector of the past it is made of tri-metal albaloy and provides all the same benefits that come with that, (learn more about the benefits of tri-metal albaloy connectors here).  The new Type N connector has also improved and helped to streamline our cable assembly process when using these types of connectors, while still providing the excellent low PIM results that we guarantee with each of our low PIM cables.

Order Custom RF Cables Today

All of the new variations/updates are available to our customers immediately.  For more information regarding Gamma custom RF Coaxial cables, please visit our Custom RF Cables page where you can also find ordering information.  You can also speak to a member of the Gamma team to get help on selecting the right cables and weatherproofing, which we are happy to provide alongside our custom cable offerings.

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Wrapping Up 2020

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Wrapping Up 2020

Tower Utility Knife (TUK)

On behalf of the Gamma Electronics team, I wanted to take a moment to wish you Happy Holidays in addition to saying thank you.  We know that for many 2020 was a difficult year, (to say the least), but hopefully with the holiday season upon us 2020 year ends on a very positive note.  If there’s anything the Gamma team has taken away from this year, it’s a greater sense of appreciation and gratitude.  We’re grateful for our customers, our partners, and all those who make sure we can continue to do what we love to do.

Before going much further I would be remiss not to mention how appreciative our entire team is that during these difficult times Gamma Electronics has been deemed an essential business.  We fully realize that not all businesses have been as fortunate as we and by no means do we desire to gloat.  Being fully aware of and grateful for our essential status, we wanted to do everything in our power to make the most of it.

This year our team largely turned their focus towards product development.  With trade shows being cancelled and travel being restricted we figured we could spend our time trying to provide solutions to a number of the issues being faced in the fixed wireless market, (and more).  Our goal is to always address pain points with the best possible solutions we can provide.

In 2020 we have proudly released 9 products that include a new low PIM cable, new RF weatherproofing solutions, as well as ventures into new territories like a 5G/small cell adapter kit and a Tower Utility Knife designed specifically for cold shrink removal.  You can check out each of these new products below.

Gamma Grounding Kit
Gamma 5G/Small Cell Adapter Kit
NEX10 & F Connector Boot
JMA Weatherproof boot by Gamma Electronics
Gamma Tower Utility Knife
Gamma SMA-60 Cold Shrink Tubing
Clear Cold Shrink Tubing by Gamma Electronics
4.3-10 to NEX10 Low PIM Cable
2.2-5 Weatherproof Boot by Gamma Electronics

Beyond adding to our product line, we have been very pleased to build relationships with and authorize a bevy of new resellers.  Adding authorized resellers better allows us to connect customers with the distributor or reseller of their choosing.  Our desire is to always make the customers experience as smooth and seamless as possible and the list of new resellers below helps us towards accomplishing that goal.

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TUK Primary Blade & Blade Guard

Certainly, we also wish to thank those distributors and resellers we have worked with over the years and hope to work with for years to come.  You can find a full list of all of our distributors and resellers on our Where to Buy page.

In a year that was dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic our desire for you to have a happy and healthy holiday could not be more sincere.  I assume we’re all excited to turn the page on 2020 and very much looking forward to what we hope is a different looking 2021.  I can say that the Gamma team is excited for 2021 as our team has even more products to announce in the coming months, (and we think those in the fixed wireless industry will find them very exciting).  While our team does take time off for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we are still busy at work before those holidays, (and we have staff in the office between the holidays as well).  Please feel free to reach out to us for help or questions about any of our products.

To wrap things up I’ll say it just once more, thank you and please have the happiest of holidays.

Warmest Wishes,

Cameron Lanier
Director of Marketing and Media Communications

Happy Holidays from Gamma Electronics

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NEX10® to 4.3-10 Cables Now Available

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NEX10® to 4.3-10 Cables Now Available

Gamma Electronics is pleased to announce that we now offer NEX10® to 4.3-10 cables, available now to purchase in 3 foot lengths or at customizable lengths.  We are offering these Low PIM cables in direct response to numerous requests over the past weeks/months, in large part thanks to the deployment of 5G radios like Ericsson’s 4402 & 4408 models.

The cable is a Low PIM, 1/4 inch superflex that meets or exceeds typical PIM standards, (-155 dBC or lower), while also providing excellent VSWR results, (1.2 or less).  As with all Gamma cables the NEX10® to 4.3-10 cable is tested following assembly and the test results are printed and applied to the cable before being shipped.

Gamma’s NEX10® to 4.3-10 Cable comes paired with SDL-TNS-65 Cold Shrink which perfectly matches the NEX10® side of the cable.  The SDL-TNS-65 weatherproofs the NEX10® connector up to an IP68 standard, meaning it will withstand the harshest of weather while lasting for the lifetime of the cable.  Gamma’s SDL-TNS-65 is one of the only RF Weatherproofing solutions able to fit into some of the newer remote radio units which are incredibly tight on space and are often unable to accommodate weatherproofing solutions like boots, slide locks, and/or tape and butyl.

Installed on the cable as part of the assembly process is one of Gamma’s RF Weatherproof Boots, which is perfectly matched for for both the 4.3-10 connector and the 1/4″ superflex cable.  The RF Weatherproof Boot slides up and over the connection and provides an IP68 rated, watertight seal.  For added convenience the Boot is able to slide back off the connection and down the cable allowing easy access to the connection.

 

For more information regarding these new cables please visit the NEX10® to 4.3-10 Cable page.

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