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Old 07-03-2009, 07:15 AM
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I will shortly be running antenna wiring through the aluminum t-top structure of the boat and on into the fiberglass hard top. I have two raceways to get up to the top with antennas for my radar, two gps's, and a vhf. My question is, which ones out of the four should go into the same raceway? For instance, keep the radar with the vhf together in one and the two gps's together in the other. These are antenna cables only.
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If you are using high quality coaxial cable it does not make much difference, run the cables through which ever wire way is more convenient, but if you are not sure of the cable quality I would keep the GPS and the Radar cables separate.
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Thanks Allen, all the cable is what was provided from the manufacturer except for the vhf cable which I have to purchase. What would you suggest for antenna cable between an icom vhf and digital antenna? I figured on keeping the radar in one pole and the other three in another, just because if the radar is on during bad weather...more than likely the vhf would be also and thought it would be good to seperate them.
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Any kind of branded (shakespeare, digital antenna, anchor, etc) RG-8X if the run is going to be more than 20 feet, if less than 20 feet RG-58 will do, but the RG-8X is going to be a better cable with less RF loss and less interference. Just make sure you get connectors than will fit on RG-8X if you go that route due to the larger cable size.

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