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Mark Walleman
Re: Fiber Runs
on May 8, 2012 at 3:33:45 am

You want "Tactical Fiber" my friend! Single-Mode.

I've used it for years. Specifically, if you're going to use it regularly, I'd recommend a "Tac-4" (What I use). This has 4 separate strands of fiber optic cable, bundled in a about 1/4" cable.

Termination is usually in "ST" connectors. But you can have it terminated with any type of optical connector that will work for you.

Depending on where you're located. There's a company near Chicago that bundles a Tac-4, with copper audio lines for powered intercom and IFB.

I've also purchased tactical fiber from:, and

I'd certainly recommend the "clear-curve" or otherwise called "bend-optimized" fiber optic cable. It's much more resilient to bends and kinks.

The BlackMagic Optical-SDI converter boxes work well for about $450 per end. Come to think of it, I've used every version of SDI to Optical converter out there. Most do pretty much the same thing. Obviously, the Rattler or Bullet converters will usually run around $1k per end.

I've sent 1080i through over 6 miles of tactical fiber before. Depending on the send/receive unit, you can send a signal up to 20+ miles. So yes... 250ft, 500ft, 1000ft cable runs are a breeze.

Mark D. Walleman
Relay House Inc.

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