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Old 07-16-2005, 06:15 PM
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I installed a new 8’ Digital Antenna this weekend in a new mount (Shakespeare HD SS). Unfortunately, when the antenna is bottomed into the mount (screwed all the way down), the cable is facing 180 degrees from where it enters the console (mounted on the left side of my console). Not too big a deal, but I am a perfectionist, and I don’t like the idea of the cable hole facing out and getting hit with spray. What can I use to take up the threads to bottom out the antenna in the correct position, so the cable is facing the hole in the console? Will a bunch of wraps of Teflon tape do it, or has someone dealt with this before and solved it a different way? Thanks for any ideas.
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SS washers!
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good idea Jay, put some washers for a 1/4-20 screw inside the antenna and then screw it back down. I would think only 2 or 3 would cause it to tighten down with the cable on the otherside.
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I will have to look, but I don't think there is a "stop" on the inside of the antenna. The antenna stops screwing down when it hits the shoulder on the mount. The male part of the mount is 1", so I am thinking now about getting a few 1" O rings to seat over the threaded male part. OR I could use SS washers!! Only problem with the washers is finding some with a 1" hole that has the same OD of the base of the antenna. Any more thoughts?
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Look in the hardware store for a cuthead screw. It looks like a bolt without a head and you tighten it with an allen wrench. Screw it into the stud hole until the stud bottoms out against the cut head. Remove the cuthead, and count the turns then reinstall the cuthead with loctite and reattach to the mounting stud.

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Ocracoke, I trust the VHF is working well??

I've seen a couple of installs where the cable was actually pulled back through the hole, and brought down through the bottom of the antenna. If your ratchet base has a notch or a 1" hole, you can run the wire through there and come out the bottom.

Also, if memory serves me correct, Digital includes a rubber grommet "plug" to put in the hole if you choose to run the wire this way.
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With the factory small connector on the end of a Digital Antenna it will not fit thru the bottom of the stainless rachet mount. The cable has to bend more to fit thru that hole.

My ratchet mount has a "O" ring on it.

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Yup, I will add another O ring or 2.
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Warthog5, very, very nice setup. Awesome radio box with guages. I like the how the cable enters the cockpit. When you drilled out the rubber for the small connector on the Digital cable, how did you get a snug fit on the cable since it is smaller than the diameter of the connector?? I saw those those in the West Marine catalog, but I am a little confused how I can get a snug fit around the cable. I think the connector calls for a 3/8 hole to pass through. ;?
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ocracoke - 7/18/2005 12:19 PM

Warthog5, very, very nice setup. Awesome radio box with guages. I like the how the cable enters the cockpit. When you drilled out the rubber for the small connector on the Digital cable, how did you get a snug fit on the cable since it is smaller than the diameter of the connector?? I saw those those in the West Marine catalog, but I am a little confused how I can get a snug fit around the cable. I think the connector calls for a 3/8 hole to pass through. ;?
You drill a hole in the rubber bushing the size of the cable. You then cut the bushing with a razor blade so that you can insert the cable into it at the point where the cable needs to go through the bulkhead. You then insert the cable and busing into the fitting and, as you tighten the fitting, it tightens the seal around the cable and where you made the cut in the bushing.

Does that help?

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Ummm unbolt the mount and, rotate into a more favorable position, then re-bolt.....
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Tedj101- Got it. You split the bushing and slip the cable in. Then the bushing goes in the plastic holder. I like it.
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