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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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