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Shakespeare VHF Antenna Coaxial Cable

Old 07-16-2014, 12:46 AM
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Default Shakespeare VHF Antenna Coaxial Cable

So during my boat rebuild as I was taking everything out some how I cut the coaxial cable that connects antenna to VHF radio. When I tried looking in antenna to see if coaxial cable would come out it looks like it wont. My question is can i remove coaxial cable from the antenna to put in a new longer one or can I attach longer coaxial cable to existing cable? Or is my antenna just done? Went to local West Marine and 1 associate said my antenna is done. Just wanted to get more feedback if it is truly done before I toss it.
Old 07-16-2014, 01:37 AM
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West Marine used to sell the brass splice fitting. Surprised they told you you were done. If your antenna is still in good shape, buy the splice fitting online.
Old 07-16-2014, 05:29 AM
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Buy some RG8-X coax and three solderless couplings...You will need 2 males and 1 female.

Your local WM should stock all 3 items....if not order online.

I'm guessing you will spend about $30 to put it back together. A new antenna will be $125 or more.
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How far from the antenna base did you cut it? In order to completely remove my 10' antenna for winter shrink-wrapping I have 2 Centerpin gold plated PL-259's with a gold-plated PL-258 in-between. about 10" away from the base, with drip loops. That disconnectable splice connection ( sealed with self-amalgamating white tape. works well and still allows ~ 1.5:1 VSWR.

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