Tester Helps Technicians Quantify ‘Dark’ Coax Systems
Platinum Tools debuted its Coax Clarifier layout/fault finder, which is designed to qualify and quantify “dark” coax systems. The made-in-the-U.S.A. product determines individual run quality as well as the ability of the overall system’s capability to deliver good quality video at both standard- and high-definition levels. With a large backlit LCD, the Coax Clarifier shows loss levels on each coax cable run and displays a bar graph of quality for each. Detecting and testing splitters for quality or shorts/opens also is done on each test. The Coax Clarifier uses inexpensive wiremap remotes that allow the technician to singlehandedly map an entire system easily and quickly. In addition, separate wire mapping sets allow a technician to map out the entire coax system and measure the quality and characterization of the overall network for carrying services, such as high-grade video, surveillance data and HD programming.