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Old 08-03-2004, 10:08 AM
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A squirrel ate my wiring over the winter! The remaining fix is the GPS antennae wire, which was shorted to ground (the squirrel ate it). Can this wire be spliced? (it has a plastic tube in the center with a wire sheathing over it). Splicing would be easiest, but it is not typical twist wire. If it has to be rerun in its entirety, can I rewire the antennae head, as it appears to be closed? Or is this a Garmin question? Also, can you get connectors for the wire onto the unit itself? Any advise for this novice electrician would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2004, 10:43 AM
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The wire is co ax, like what is used for cable TV. I just had to made a splice in my GPS and VHF antenna leads. You want to keep the splices to a minimum. Take a piece of the wire to Radio Shack or a marine store that sells electronics. There are several types of non solder splices available that almost anyone could use.
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Old 08-03-2004, 01:10 PM
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Excellent. Will do and I appreciate the help!
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:20 PM
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If a squirrel ate my wiring over the winter, I would eat that squirrel over the summer....

You can splice it, but make sure you seal it well or it will be a total waste of time...
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:32 PM
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if it's coaxial like an antenna for vhf - you can use solderless connectors by Centerpin - Westmarine.com
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:52 PM
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Another vote for the Centerpin connector. I had to splice the cable on my old GPSMAP 210. The Centerpin was easy to install and worked like a champ - no problems whatsoever. I beleve Shakespeare won an NMEA award for these connectors a few years back.
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