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Maybe check this VHF connection though
I think you're going to need some pliers, a can of Deoxit, a couple #2 pencils, and canned air. A roll of self-amalgamating tape (like Rescue Tape) wouldn't hurt.

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I think you're going to need some pliers, a can of Deoxit, a couple #2 pencils, and canned air. A roll of self-amalgamating tape (like Rescue Tape) wouldn't hurt.
What is the purpose of the #2 pencils? Something about the graphite, obviously but I can't figure out how.

I wonder if I can ply Chef with enough rum to go aloft and replace my anchor light. It's intermittent, due to light corrosion. I have a replacement fixture.
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I think you're going to need some pliers, a can of Deoxit, a couple #2 pencils, and canned air. A roll of self-amalgamating tape (like Rescue Tape) wouldn't hurt.
What are the pencils for?

I am amazed this is still working. My understanding is that PL 259s are not waterproof at all.

Never used Rescue Tape, but if Dave suggests it I am sure it is good. I use CoaxSeal with excellent results.
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Until the real answer comes along I'm betting the #2 pencils are for using the eraser end to clean up the conductors.
The Rescue Tape is great stuff to have on the boat, it will seal up the antenna coax, can be used on hoses and worked great to hold my spreader boots in place (much better than rigging tape).
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Ah, I'd forgotten that trick. Yeah, the tape is great. I buy a brand from Bacon Sails called "RubbaWeld."

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What is the purpose of the #2 pencils? Something about the graphite, obviously but I can't figure out how.
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Until the real answer comes along I'm betting the #2 pencils are for using the eraser end to clean up the conductors.
Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner. The eraser is a great gentle abrasive.

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Never used Rescue Tape, but if Dave suggests it I am sure it is good. I use CoaxSeal with excellent results.
CoaxSeal works beautifully. I've found it can leave adhesive all over my hands that gets spread around on my way back down the mast. YMMV.

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Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner. The eraser is a great gentle abrasive.



CoaxSeal works beautifully. I've found it can leave adhesive all over my hands that gets spread around on my way back down the mast. YMMV.
Thanks (to both) for explaining the pencil mystery.

Yes, CoaxSeal is essentially tar on a roll. Never found it a real problem on my hands but if I did (perhaps in real hot weather?), a pair of disposable gloves should take care of that.

What I like about it is that after 10 years on my mast, it looked pretty much the same as the day I put it on. Does seem completely unaffected by weather, UV and anything else. My understanding is that this is what they put on the big TV antenna towers etc where a failure would be a bit more serious than if the SWR on your VHF goes down a bit. And where replacing it involves more than getting winched up a 50' mast.

Maybe Rescue Tape does the same, I just have never tried it, and certainly not tested it over a decade.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

The long range weather forecast, (which is always wrong), is calling for sunshine, 82 degrees, winds of 5 to 10 from various directions, and this all begins on Friday. Think I'll stock the bar and pantry, and spend about three days on the bay doing something - even if it's wrong! Don't know where I'm going, other than south because that's the only direction you can go from the head of the bay, or when I'm coming back. Just might spend the week out there, somewhere. In many ways, it's kinda neat being retired.

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That sounds like a great plan.

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The long range weather forecast, (which is always wrong), is calling for sunshine, 82 degrees, winds of 5 to 10 from various directions, and this all begins on Friday. Think I'll stock the bar and pantry, and spend about three days on the bay doing something - even if it's wrong! Don't know where I'm going, other than south because that's the only direction you can go from the head of the bay, or when I'm coming back. Just might spend the week out there, somewhere. In many ways, it's kinda neat being retired.

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