Thanks to all. Decided to go with the clam shell through deck mentioned by "btrayfors" above- available from West Marine or others will order it. That way I won't have to worry about the corrission on the plug since it will be inside the cabin.
Not sure if its still available from the Shack or if it will work for you, but its an idea
09-12-2011 12:59 PM
Thru cabin coax connector
Can't argue with your logic but I need to disconnect the coax at the mast to lower it. I have seen barrel type connectors with weather guarding for this purpose but cannot find one at this point. Thanks.
09-12-2011 09:51 AM
IMHO, it's not a good idea to use UHF barrel connectors for this purpose. They, and the PL-259's which screw into them, are far too prone to corrosion and water intrusion to be used on deck.
Much better to use a thru-deck fitting which will allow you to carry the coax, with it's PL-259 connector, belowdecks, where it can be screwed into a short barrel connector/PL-259 on coax leading to the radio. Blue Sea Systems makes one which will work fine.
These are standard 50ohm connectors. Mostly seems like users are using TNC (the 2nd one).
SHNOOL who was a EE in his last life, now I am just an IT dork.
09-12-2011 05:11 AM
Through cabin coax connector
Just joined the trailer sail boat world and have a question - where can I find a connector for getting the VHS mast coax through the cabin top? As a trailer rig, the coax has to disconnect to lower the mast for transportation. I've checked online and cannot find the parts. Thanks.