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How To Make Coaxial Patch Cables

Computer Cable Store has created the following "How to Terminate Coaxial Cable" to help you do-it-yourself using bulk coaxial cable. Within this DIY article we have included everything you will need to find the materials, tools, and info on how to build coaxial patch cables.

Step 1: To begin, cut the cable so that the end of the cable is nice and clean. Then, after adjusting the cable stripper for your cable type, clip the stripper onto the end of the cable as shown below. You may want to test the stripper on a scrap piece of cable first to make sure the blade is set at the proper height and not cutting through the shielding / ground wire where we will be crimping the connector.

Cut the coaxial cable smooth Clip the stripper to the cable

Step 2: Twist the stripper around the wire two or three times. Keep in mind that, depending on how the stripper is setup, you may need to spin the stripper more then 3 times. In any case, spin the stripper until the core has been reached and the jacket has been cut. Then remove the loose pieces of cut jacket, dielectric insulation, and shielding ground wire.

Strip the jacket of the coaxial cable Remove the loose jacket and dielectric insulation Properly stripped coaxial cable end

Step 3: Fold the shielding ground wires back like pictured here. This will allow the wires to be pushed back when installing the connector. We do not want the shielding to make contact with the center conductor as this could cause a short at some point down the road. Also make sure the ground wire shielding is not cut through and falling apart.

Fold back the shielding ground

Step 4: Insert the cable into the connector. Again making sure all the ground wires are pushed back. You will be able to see on the inside of the connector when the dielectric (white section in the picture) is flush with the inside of the connector. This is right where you want it to be. Make sure to twist connector as your putting it on, as this will ensure the ground wires will make contact with the connector.

Insert the coax cable into the connector Properly inserted cable into connector Coaxial dielectric flush with connector

Step 5:Using a Crimp Tool, crimp down the connector. This specific crimp tool prevents over crimping the connector with a locking device that only allows crimping to a determined level, insuring a perfect crimp. Be aware, however, that other crimp tools may not have this feature.

Crimp the connector to the coaxial cable Properly terminated coaxial cable