Ohm rating on coax cables.

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Nathan Hale

Joined Oct 28, 2011
Hi Everyone! Hope all is well with u folks. I have a question about coax cables/ wires . I notice a lot of times that a coax cable of lets say 75 feet has a resistance rating of 50 ohms. What does the ohm rating mean? After all a wire is a wire and not a resistor. What is this resistance rating indicating?

Thank you for all you replies.


Joined Jan 10, 2012
That's 50ohm impeadance, it's not the resistance of the wire. This is determined by the inductance and capatcitance of the coax. Typically, the electronics' impeadance are matched at each end of the coax (aka transmission line)


Joined Apr 5, 2008

The resistance given is not the real resistance, but the impedance of the cable.
This impedance depends on the diameter of the inner wire, the diameter of the shielding and the dielectricum in between them.
More info can be found on this page of the EDUCYPEDIA:

On the bottom of the page is the formula to calculate the impedance.



Joined Feb 24, 2006
Impedance is a characteristic of AC circuits, and it has absoutely nothing to do with DC resistance. In addition DC resistance is a real number measured in Ohms. Impedance is a complex number whose MAGNITUDE is also measured in Ohms. It also has a phase angle measured in radians or degrees.