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Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

In my effort to improve safety on my boat I'm going to be running fresh power to the mast, fore, and aft navigation lights. Additionally, I'll be replacing the VHF hardware and aux cable.

It is my understanding that the VHF hardware consists of a male PL-259 connector and a female receptacle (unknown model #). Should I aim for something similar to the existing pieces or shoot for something else?

Additionally, does anyone have recommendations in regards to the electrical wire? I'm fairly new to it and don't really know if I should be trying to put something similar to what is presently there (pictured below) or something entirely new.

Does anyone have any recommendations for pulling the wire? I feel like there is a technique utilized here that I'm not aware of.


Any help is greatly appreciated, I feel like I'm out of my element here!

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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

I have the same and I would use similar connectors. No real good clues on pulling wire, I think it's probably fairly hard to run new wire under the headliner.
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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

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It is my understanding that the VHF hardware consists of a male PL-259 connector and a female receptacle (unknown model #). Should I aim for something similar to the existing pieces or shoot for something else?
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Yes, this is the standard and no reason to deviate from it in a standard installation.

The receptacle is an SO-239
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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

I'm pretty concerned about this! I came up with a possible solution: affixing the new wire to the old with tape or something similar and then pulling that back through the headliner. I hope it stays attached and come with it. I'll let you know if it works or not.

Also: This is what I'm looking for...but I can't find any with overwhelmingly good reviews
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Yes, this is the standard and no reason to deviate from it in a standard installation.

The receptacle is an SO-239

Thank you very much!
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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

Make sure it is taped or otherwise connected really well, having it pull out in the middle doesn't do you any good. Although running it outside isn't as clean, it will work as an alternative.
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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

If memory serves you must run RG-58 for the VHF, with the appropriate fittings. There is little or no choice in the matter. Normally I like to the solder connections for aloft, though the screw together ones are just as serviceable. Do not use silicone as a sealant on electrical fittings.
Other wires running up the mast may be decreased in size (say from 12 to 16) if you are installing LED lighting and getting rid of the incandescent bulbs. But you must still ensure what you use can carry the load safely for that length of the run.
I would suggest you use only tinned "boat cable" for these runs and quality heat shrink connectors.

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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

Thank you all for the feedback. I'll go to West Marine tomorrow and get some hardware.
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Re: Electrical/VHF Aux Spirit 6.5

Avoid using cheap Chinese PL-259, SO-239 connectors, and coax. Note you can also use LMR-400 for coax and endure the distributor can give you the specification of the coax, better yet that it meets mil-spec as there currently is not a spec for most coax out there other than mil-spec. As a Ham and an EE I have found the Chinese stuff to be inferior if not down right bad, i.e. coax with ferrous(steel or iron) center conductors or copper cladded iron center conductors, an easy test for this is by testing the center conductor with a magnet, if it is attracted to the magnet it is not copper. Also wrap your connections with self vulcanizing tape after you fave made them to keep the water out and away from the shield and center conductor. Lastly do not exceed the the minimum bend radius of the coax, i.e if it is 3 inches don't go for two this damages the coax, this is found on the spec sheet.


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