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My antenna install observations (digital antennas)

Old 04-20-2008, 06:14 AM
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Default My antenna install observations (digital antennas)

So I picked up a pair of digtial antennas - the 528 and 531, one AM/FM and one VHF. Antennas seem to be of good quality, but here are my observations from the oh so fun install:

1) The mini connector on the VHF cable is pretty cool, definitely makes wiring easier and nice that I don't have to cut the connector off. Unfortunately, by the time the wire runs down my t-top leg, 20 feet of cable is not quite enough to get it back to my radio... so now I'm looking for a 5-10' VHF extension cable. (anyone know if the big boat stores carry these?)

2) The AM/FM antenna, to my surprise, came without the cable end attached. This seeemd odd, considering it was the same diameter as the cable anyway.

3) I mistakenly decided that I wanted to run the cable out the bottom of the antenna instead of leaving it coming out the side. My advice to anyone is, don't bother - leave it out the side. It was a 20 minute ordeal fishing the cables through the holes, and in the process the insulation on the cable took quite a beating. Then, when threading the antenna on - it is a balancing act to try to twist the cable the right number of times to prevent it from getting bound up inside the antenna. Anyway I was pretty careful, and I think they are fine but I would have been bettter off just using a zip tie to attach the cable to the mount.

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