GETTING READY TO CUT THE COAXIAL CABLE
The RG – 6 coaxial cable can have many colour plastic jacket types but the basic colours are black and white. There are about five components that make up a coaxial cable which are:
- Plastic Jacket (Black or white outer covering)
- Metallic Shield carrying negatively charged electrons ( – )
- Foil Shield ( silver – coloured foil)
- Dielectric Insulator (foamy white part)
- Centre Core carrying Positively charged electrons ( + )
Therefore, proper understanding of the coaxial cable make-up parts and mastering how to fix it very well would guarantee a successful satellite dish installation.
It is important to note during the connection that if any tiny wire from the metallic Shield which is negatively charged conductor (-) mistakenly touches the centre core which is positively charged conductor (+), the result that the decoder will show on the TV screen is ‘ No Signal ‘ error message.
Now, a detailed step by step on how to achieve a clean, clear and good connections are shown below.
STEP ONE: Cut Off Some Small Portion of the Plastic Jacket
Here, as you are cutting, make sure you do it gradually so as not to cut – deep into and reducing the quantity of the metallic Shield.
The more the quality and quantity of the metallic shield the better the signal strength & quality.
Now move all the tiny wires of the metallic shield backwards to allow you cut off the foil Shield smoothly.
STEP TWO: Remove the Foil Shield
The foil Shield needs to be removed completely and not to be allowed to touch the copper conductor or the centre core during the process of turning the coaxial cable to fit into the F- connector.
Again, the foil shield helps to prevent the moisture and relatively assist the dielectric Insulator to separate or avoid both the positively and negatively charged conductors not to touch each other. So, the foil Shield works together with the metallic shield because of their direct contact.
STEP THREE: Cut Off the Dielectric Insulator
This time, you need to cut off the Dielectric Insulator which is the white material part that protects the centre core conductor from joining or passing positively charged electrons to the metallic shield.
More over, ensure that you give a little allowance further away from the metallic shield so as to foster correct fixing of the coaxial cable into the F- connector and not making both terminals to touch each other.
STEP FOUR: Revolve the RG-6 Coaxial cable into the F- connector
At this point, gradually rotates the RG – 6 coaxial cable into the F-connector so as to have a firm grip.
Ensure that no single tiny wire from the metallic shield is touching the centre core and also the core should come out little further away from the circumference of the F – connector as shown in the image above.
Further more, remember to trim the excessive tiny wires of the metallic shield resting on the outer surface of the F – Connector.
STEP FIVE : Solo Tape the Metallic Shield Together with the F-connector and the Coaxial Cable.
Solo taping the metallic shield, F-connector, and the coaxial cable all together would assure a good finishing of the whole process and would also prevent rain or other fluids from penetrating into the connection and causes rust.
Again, it helps to keep the whole connection firm, nice and for the Coaxial cable not to pull out of the F-connector. You can see the image below for a better understanding.
STEP SIX: Screw in the Both Ends of the F-connectors into the F-F connector
Proper screwing of both ends of the F-connectors into the F-F connector( pronounced F to F connector) would give rise to a good connection that allows free flow of the electrical energy (signal) through the RG-6 coaxial cable.
Note: An F-F connector is a device that has opposite screwing points used to link two terminals of F-connector together thereby allowing free flow of signals through the RG-6 coaxial cable.
Also make sure that you screw-in very well the F-connectors into the F-F connector so as not to cause a partial contact between the centre core and the F-F connector as that would give an error message of ‘ No Signal ‘.
Now, using a 3-way or 4-way plug you can split the signal from any HD decoder or digital antenna to other TV sets as the need may be considering the good connection between the F-connectors and the coaxial cables.
Finally, proper joining or connecting of RG-6 coaxial cable to an F-connector, F-F connector etc. is one of the important things to know how to do very well because doing it the wrong way would always give the installer a very though challenge that can jeopardize all the efforts made in any installation process.
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