Antennax - Ultra Low Loss Coaxial Cable Range

13 March 2017
The Antennax range of coaxial cables are high quality alternatives to Times Microwave Systems LMR® and the Andrew Cinta® Range. Antennax provides ultra-low loss performance from transceiver to aerial or dish. Developed for LMR, microwave, satellite, VSAT and communications, these cables have been manufactured to ensure optimum levels of performance.  Antennax is available from stock with a polyethylene (PE) waterproof jacket or a Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) jacket to provide increased fire safety. Ideal for both internal and external installations. Sweep tested to 5.8GHz, the Antennax range includes both 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm versions to cover a wide range of applications. Featur... [More]

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Integrated Systems Europe 2017, Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands

23 January 2017
  CEDIA trade supplier FS Cables will be exhibiting at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), 7th-10th February 2017. Held at the world-leading Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands, ISE is the world’s best-attended trade-show dedicated to professional AV and electronic system integration. FS will be showcasing a variety of new and popular home automation products from the Tru range of high performance cables. Products include: •     HDBaseT Recommended Cat 5E, Cat 6 & Cat 6A in PVC or LSHF – in a variety of colours •     Lighting control cables for most popular systems, including Crestron, Lutron, KNX, Control 4, Simmtronic, Thorn and DALI... [More]

Christmas & New Year 2016/2017 - Office Hours and Delivery Schedule

30 November 2016
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, FS Cables are going to be providing a limited dispatch service. We will be closed for the Christmas break from 1pm on Friday 23rd December and will resume normal office hours on Tuesday 4th January. A limited office & dispatch service will be in operation from 28th - 29th December. We will do our very best to help you over the festive period, so please contact us about any express delivery options such as same-day or if you would like to collect over the break. The FS team would like to thank everyone for their business this year and we look forward to working with you all in 2017. Merry Christmas & happy New Year!

Black Friday Deal

22 November 2016
Black Friday Deal! Massive Savings on Short Lengths This Black Friday we are having a massive clearance sale on these, with savings of up to 25% off the list price. As we cut to length on most stock items, FS often have leftover runs of top quality cable that aren’t in standard pack sizes.  All cables are packed on reels and clearly labelled, from the same batch as our regular stock. If you don’t need a single 100m length, these are a high quality, cost effective solution. The following cables are available in sub-100m lengths at discount: Belden Alternatives   RG Coax   LiYCY Screened Multicores   Access Control Cables   Cat 5E, Cat 6 &... [More]

CPR - Frequently Asked Questions

17 November 2016
CPR is the law so you have to conform.True, it’s a European regulation so we don’t have a choice.  Brexit means CPR won’t apply to us.False, the British government has already made it law & whatever happens with Brexit this won’t get repealed!  All PVC cables will be banned.False, PVC can be made flame retardant and is still excellent in the right application.   Some cables will be banned.False, class F covers cables that burn too much to meet class E but they can still be used if the building owner or specifier accepts the performance.   I specify LSHF so I don’t need to do anything.False. The standard is primarily about the sp... [More]

What is CPR?

17 November 2016
If you are involved in installing, specifying or selecting cable for use as permanent wiring within a building or civil works, you need to understand the implications of the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) from Europe. FS Cables are currently undergoing a review of all affected products to ensure we are compliant, and this article aims to clear up any confusion about how CPR affects cables. CPR has been around for many years (previously CPD) and covers the fire performance and other aspects of various products used in construction, from doors to plasterboard. From 10th June 2016, CPR became relevant to electric and fibre optic cables used in buildings and civil works. This include... [More]

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BS4737 Standard Alarm Cables

19 August 2016
The new BS4737-3.30:2015 standard helps installers determine differences between types or grades of alarm cable.  A previous lack of regulation allowed high-end installations to be mistakenly connected by poor quality cable - leading to faults, call backs and higher costs further down the line. Click here for more information about our range of BS4737 compliant alarm cables.  

Apprenticeship Update

18 July 2016
Following the success of the FS Cables Apprenticeship programme, we're pleased to announce a further two members of staff have joined the team. The FS Cables apprenticeship scheme offers school and college leavers the opportunity to learn key skills in an office or warehouse environment as well as receive a recognised NVQ qualification. We've also extended it to include people that have some work experience but want to start a career with the appropriate support and training a proper apprenticeship can offer. In addition to the two currently studying, a further four have completed the programme and are working in roles across sales, purchasing, marketing and export. A number of other staff a... [More]

Full Range of Lutron Cables Now In Stock

18 July 2016
FS Cables stock a range of cables designed for Lutron lighting control, allowing for complete control of lighting pre-programmed or at a push of a button. These cables feature a screened pair for data alongside either 18AWG or 12AWG power cores. Both cables are LSHF (Low Smoke Halogen Free) throughout - jacket and cores - making them ideal for installations in public buildings. The 18AWG option is also available with an additional UV resistant PE sheath for installations in ducts or externally. For heavy duty applications and enhanced protection, a SWA (Steel Wire Armour) version is also available. Also stocked are high quality alternatives to Crestron, Control 4, Mode Lighting and many more... [More]

Belden Alternatives - Largest Range in UK

18 July 2016
For one of the largest ranges of alternative to Belden data cables stocked in the UK, talk to us. Delivered the next working day you can choose from the most popular types in PVC, LSF or LSHF, with additional duct grade or armoured (SWA) versions offered on many. Over 100 genuine Belden cables are also available from stock. The alternative cables are not only cost effective but high quality and great value for money. They have been manufactured to match the performance of Belden cables as closely as possible so you can be confident of fast, reliable data transmission. Cables are delivered next working-day as standard to most of mainland UK stocked in 100m, 200m, 500m and 1,000m pack sizes or... [More]