- VHF Cable Replacement
Re: VHF Cable Replacement
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Tom, I just got PL-259 connectors.
PL-259 to connect to the antenna - RG8x in between - PL-259 to connect to the VHF.
I didn't hear great things about the screw on PL259 connectors, so I got the solder type. Get a few as you may screw up during your learning process. It's not difficult but you want to do it right. After I screwed on the PL-259 at the antenna, you will want to waterproof it.
The original Amel setup includes a junction at the base of the mast, inside the boat. That way, you can easily disconnect the coax if you want to remove your mast. I skipped that and if I need to remove my mast, I can cut the coax and add the junction later. For now, I avoid a junction and two more PL259 connectors.
Hope that makes sense and helps.
I have a SM and am replacing the VHF antenna. I bought a 5215, no cable. Can you give me specific info on what adapter you used? Does the adapter than hook up to RG-8X at the top? Or does the adapter come with sealed RG-8X that runs down to the base of the mast? I’m mostly concerned about minimizing connections at the top of the mast.
SM 240 Aletes
I did the same. New RG-8X from new Shakespeare antenna all the way to the nav station. The original Amel way is to have a junction at the base of the mast, presumably so you can remove the mast without having to take out the antenna wire. If I ever need to remove the mast, I'll cut the coax and put the junction on. Earlier I couldn't communicate with the admiral in a dinghy 300 meters away and now we can hear USCG broadcasts up to 200nm offshore.
Connection at the antenna was taped with self-amalgamating rubber tape and then covered with 3M electrical tape. I even zip tied the electrical tape for good measure.
2007 A54 #69
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