Originally Posted by BCK
To test with a multi-meter you are doing and end-to-end test on the cable being tested. If it's the entire length from source at campground to TV you are testing then disconnect the end at the TV and at the source and bring the ends together so you can test.
- Set your multi-meter to continuity test (or resistance test if it doesn't have a continuity test)
- Touch the leads together to ensure calibration. It should beep on continuity or read 0 ohms if using the resistance test
1. Test the center conductor by putting one lead on each end of the center pin. Make sure you are touching only the center pin and not the side of the connector. There should be continuity and very low resistance
2. Test the shell by putting one lead on the outer side of the metal connector on each end and ensuring continuity/very low resistance
If either test 1 or 2 fail then there is a break somewhere.
3. Test for a short in the cable by putting a lead on the center pin on end 1 and test for continuity to the shell on end 1 and the shell on end 2 by touching the other lead to the outer side of the metal connectors. You should get no continuity/very high resistance. Repeat with the pin on end 2 to connector on each end. If this test fails there is a short.
So I just tried this. I took my RG6 cable and tested pin-pin and shell-shell and it passed the continuity test. I attached it to the cable input on the outside of the camper and pulled it inside. I unhooked the coax from the TV, turned booster off, and shell-shell passed, pin-pin failed, and pin-shell passed. Testing inside coax by itself and pin-pin and shell-shell both passed.
So looks like I have a bad connection
Do they test anything with these before they leave the factory?
Any tips on what to do next? We leave in a week for a 9 night trip and no way I'm getting into the dealer.