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Old 04-07-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default What wire to use?

Recently added a Garmin GPS and the NMEA 0183 wires aren't long enough to reach those coming from my Standard Horizon VHF. I have some leftover Raymarine GPS sensor wire of the same gauge but I think it's aluminum. Will this work or should I buy stranded (tinned?) copper. The VHF does not have GPS.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
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You should always use tinned wire in marine applications. As long as its the same gauge you will be fine.
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Yes the Raymarine GPS sensor wire of the same gauge will work fine.
The only aluminium wire I know of is used in high voltage transmission lines of 66,000 volts strung up between transmission towers due to low weight.
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I doubt Raymarine used Aluminum wire, most likely tinned copper wire. If of the same gauge I agree use what you have.

If you can solder to it not aluminum.

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