Coaxial communication cables - Part 8: Sectional specification for semi-flexible cables with fluoropolymer dielectric

IEC 61196-8:2023 specifies the materials and cable construction for semi-flexible coaxial communication cables with fluoropolymer dielectric, IEC type designation, identification, marking and labelling, standard rating and characteristics, requirements of finished cables, quality assessment, delivery and storage, etc.
This document applies to semi-flexible coaxial communication cables with fluoropolymer dielectric and tin soaked copper wire braid outer conductor. These cables are intended for use in mobile communication base station antenna systems, terrestrial microwave communication, radar systems and wireless equipment or other signal transmission equipment or units. It is read in conjunction with IEC 61196-1:2005.

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IEC 61196-8 ®
Edition 2.0 2023-06
Coaxial communication cables –
Part 8: Sectional specification for semi-flexible cables with fluoropolymer
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IEC 61196-8 ®
Edition 2.0 2023-06
Coaxial communication cables –

Part 8: Sectional specification for semi-flexible cables with fluoropolymer

ICS 33.120.10  ISBN 978-2-8322-7138-4

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1 Scope . 6
2 Normative references . 6
3 Terms and definitions . 8
4 Materials and cable construction . 8
4.1 Cable construction . 8
4.2 Inner conductor . 8
4.3 Dielectric . 9
4.4 Outer conductor . 9
4.5 Sheath . 9
5 Standard rating and characteristics . 10
5.1 Nominal characteristic impedance . 10
5.2 Rated temperature range . 10
5.3 Operating frequency . 10
5.4 Power rating . 10
5.5 Bending radius . 10
6 Identification, marking and labelling . 10
6.1 Cable identification . 10
6.1.1 Type name . 10
6.1.2 Variants . 10
6.2 Cable marking . 11
6.3 Labelling . 11
7 Requirements for finished cables . 11
7.1 General . 11
7.2 Electrical measurements of the finished cable . 11
7.3 Environmental testing of the finished cable . 13
7.4 Mechanical testing of the finished cable . 14
7.5 Fire performance requirements . 15
7.6 Content of toxic and harmful substance . 15
8 Quality assessment . 16
9 Delivery and storage . 16
Annex A (normative) Resistance to soldering . 17
A.1 Preparation of test sample (TS) . 17
A.2 Test procedure . 17
A.3 Requirements . 17
Annex B (normative) Stress-crack resistance . 18
B.1 Preparation of test sample (TS) . 18
B.2 Test procedure . 18
B.3 Requirements . 18
Annex C (normative) Pin hole testing . 19
C.1 Preparation of test sample (TS) . 19
C.2 Test equipment . 19
C.3 Test procedure . 19
C.4 Requirements . 19

Table 1 – Rated temperature . 10
Table 2 – Distinguishing number . 11
Table 3 – Electrical measurements . 12
Table 4 – Environmental testing of the finished cable . 13
Table 5 – Tests for mechanical characteristics of the finished cable. 14
Table 6 – Fire performance requirements . 15
Table 7 – Content of toxic and harmful substance . 15

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Part 8: Sectional specification for semi-flexible cables
with fluoropolymer dielectric
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IEC 61196-8 has been prepared by subcommittee 46A: Coaxial cables, of IEC technical
committee 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive
components and accessories. It is an International Standard.
This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 2012. This edition
constitutes a technical revision.
This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous
a) Title changed to "Coaxial communication cables – Part 8: Sectional specification for semi-
flexible cables with fluoropolymer dielectric";

b) Subclause 4.3: Other fluoropolymer (such as PFA, etc.) dielectric materials added;
c) Subclause 4.4: The construction of the outer conductor can consist of two layers or three
d) Subclause 5.2: Table 1 – "Rated temperature" added;
e) Subclauses 5.3 5.4 and 5.5: new requirements added;
f) Clause 7 completely revised;
g) Annexes A, B and C added.
The text of this International Standard is based on the following documents:
Draft Report on voting
46A/1618/CDV 46A/1632/RVC
Full information on the voting for its approval can be found in the report on voting i

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