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The silicone dielectric grease is good if it is a high-pressure contact fitting. If it isn't the dielectric grease can prevent good contact between the two pieces.
What you should probably use to terminate the cable coming out of the mast is a male PL-259 connector. To reduce the number of connections, I would get an extended PL-259 female-to-female barrel connector and install that as a pass-through connector through the cabin top. The cable inside the cabin should also have a male PL-259 connector, and should be attached to the barrel connector inside the cabin. This will result in a solid but removable connection for the VHF cable. It also reduces the losses to a minimum.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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