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what connector?

I dropped my antenna connector overboard that hooks the coax to my metz antenna. it is a doulble female. I did order a pl259 and the center pin is way too small. I have the coax up a 23 ft mast. I have been surfing the net and hey its a jungle out there! Anyone know what I need?
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Re: what connector?

If your Metz is a VHF antenna of the standard marine variety, then the PL-259 should be the connector you need. If the center pin on a pL259 is too small to fit your antenna... I'm not sure what you have! I have seen antenna installations using Type N connectors (slightly larger overall than PL-259, but definitely smaller center pin), but these were usually for non-marine applications and generally not VHF either. Perhaps a picture of your antenna would help. I looked at Metz antennas (via google) and they look like they're equiped with a PL259.

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Re: what connector?

A standard PL258 coupler (SO239 to SO239) won't work well, since you run out of threads to get that second lock nut on the underside of the mounting bracket.

What you want is a fully threaded bulkhead mount that's got SO-239's on both ends:



Here's a link to the first vendor I found; you may be able to find one locally or a better price elsewhere. I've got no interest in the above vendor, and am posting the link as an example.

FWIW, Dick Metz is a really helpful guy who treated me right recently when I was in search of replacement u/v covers for our two Metz antennas. You can find his e-mail address on the company home page. Two thumbs up for customer service.
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Re: what connector?

What second locknut? There's only one. Just use a PL-258 that has a narrow midsection like the one Defender sells. Never had an issue with running out of threads. There's supposed to be a solid spacer inside the bottom of the antenna base that sets the proper insertion depth for the PL-258. They usually get lost overboard the first time a rookie removes one of these antennas.

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