Ethernet cable (Was: Sun3 valuations?)

Pete Lancashire pete at
Tue Jan 23 14:51:57 CST 2018

A side story. I was the only 'customer' of a long run of that yellow cable,
when we moved the 260 + 3/50's to a different location, I asked
if they were going to reuse the cable. "Nope, cost to much to get it out of
the roof trusses." I forget but it was a LONG run. Tektronix
back in those days was still an engineering oriented company and all I had
to do was mention it one day in the main cafeteria. Next
thing I know I was followed back to the building with at least 10 engineers
following me. I called and asked one one the facility department
guys that knew about the cable no longer being used, and his reply was
something like if it not there Monday I know nothing about it.

The bottom of the trusses were a good 15 if not more feet up. Five of us
got it down and I came home with the cable on Sunday.
My helpers would not take anything in $'s, the challenge was good enough.

Make a great cable for my ham radio hobby.

Today one would never get away with such ....


On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:39 PM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

>     > From: Paul Koning
>     > The nominal OD of RG-8/U is .. within spec for Ethernet cable.
> Oh, OK. I was just used to the 10Mb cable we used being slightly larger
> than
> the 3Mb cable we used.
>     > Also, Ethernet requires a solid inner conductor (for the tap) while
>     > RG-8/U may come stranded. (Maybe only in some variants, I'm not
> sure.)
> As can be seen in the photos, the 3Mb stuff (at least, the stuff we used)
> was
> also solid. The diameter of the center was a little smaller on the 3Mb
> than on
> the 10Mb; .16mm versus .23mm; not sure if that was just happenstance, or
> what.
>         Noel

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