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Old 03-01-2015, 02:28 PM
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getting ready to install a new antenna, I am leaving the current mount and just want to "screw" the new one onto it and run the wire, this is the existing one.
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was wondering if maybe a vendor here could help with a replacement, not looking to break the bank, keep around $50ish, I stay in the bay

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Is that the end connecting to the antenna, or the radio? Most antennas have the coax connected to them, and come with a new male PL259 to put on the end. Takes about five minutes with a knife, wire cutters, and a soldering iron.

In any event, yes, that is a PL259.
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thats the side going to the radio, I wish I could just crimp and solder a new antenna on the other side of the T-Top but I heard that is a big no no
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thats the side going to the radio, I wish I could just crimp and solder a new antenna on the other side of the T-Top but I heard that is a big no no
Yep, best to pull new wire and that's the PL259. Look at the Digital brand antenna, they have a nice connection system easier for pulling and no soldering/crappy connections. Spend more money, this is the one safety device you WILL most likely use - for you or someone else.
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if a sponsor would hit me up I would be happy to buy, trying not to go to WM as I figured out they are the guitar center of the marine industry

thanks for the advice
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if a sponsor would hit me up I would be happy to buy, trying not to go to WM as I figured out they are the guitar center of the marine industry

thanks for the advice
Haha, you might be better off going to WM, unless the vendor pays for shipping, what you might save on the price of the antenna you'll pay on shipping so you might end up paying more for it.
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what about this? looks like Shakespeare makes a couple of these fittings, I would love to just crimp on the other side of the t top, again I am never even a mile from land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbyAQepzC4o
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what about this? looks like Shakespeare makes a couple of these fittings, I would love to just crimp on the other side of the t top, again I am never even a mile from land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbyAQepzC4o
I used that whenever you need to lengthen a cable it works perfect and no degradation of signal either.
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I might buy both (connector wise) and just see whats what when I dig in, too hard to do it under the trap today
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Originally Posted by dimag333 View Post
what about this? looks like Shakespeare makes a couple of these fittings, I would love to just crimp on the other side of the t top, again I am never even a mile from land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbyAQepzC4o
The cheap and dirty way to make the connection - hell, I heard they sometimes work too.

Doesn't matter if you're 'never a mile from land' if your radio only reaches 1/2 mile or doesn't transmit at all. You should also be in a position lit listen and render help to others as well as get help if needed. You could be a relay for another boat further out.

Plenty of guys on here offer to help with this kind of solder job - start a new thread and ask for help. If no vendor replies, try Amazon - might even get free shipping.
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I can solder fine, just asking options, I have solder plenty of TT patchbays for studio work, I am not worried about that all, more looking for the best permanent option. Quick connects tend to better than solder in some cases for studio gear because they allow for some movement and stretching without breaking. I would think the same would hold true for this.
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Originally Posted by dimag333 View Post
I can solder fine, just asking options, I have solder plenty of TT patchbays for studio work, I am not worried about that all, more looking for the best permanent option. Quick connects tend to better than solder in some cases for studio gear because they allow for some movement and stretching without breaking. I would think the same would hold true for this.
I was almost going to say in my last comment that by posting that you were going to get some "old-school" thinkers on here that will bash the thought of using that, sometimes they can't accept that technology might pass them up. Like I said before I have used it plenty of times (not because I can't solder) with full success and ZERO signal loss. There are certain applications the quick connects were needed instead of a permanent connection. The electrical engineers at Shakespeare aren't going to risk their reputation on something that isn't going to work. Hell even the new PL-259 are all compression fittings, and the solder is optional (even though I solder all of the ones I install).
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indeed, I think I am gonna run the new wire and use the quick connector on the end, I plan on getting a back up handheld and for 3rd back up my phone works on the water, thanks for all the input guys!

now...now do I know when someone is radioing me haha

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