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Old 16 May 2016, 16:32   #11
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Depending on what plastic it is, JB Plastic weld.
Or Poly's tube idea!
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Old 16 May 2016, 18:09   #12
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Procom have brought out a similar antenna to the Metz now. http://www.procomuk.co.uk/News-Item....&categoryID=10
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Why not change to a Metz stainless aerial?
+ 1 more for a Metz. Salty John does them, and one advantage is they are modular - ie proper standard connector going into the base, and a stainless whip that's easy to remove (but which is probably tree-proof anyway).

It's what I had on Blue Ray and have on Baby Blue.

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Still get a 3dB loss with even a good join don't you? Best to replace.



I reckon you could repair that by slipping a couple of inches of plumbing pipe over that (whatever size the ID matches the OD best), sealing bottom and then filling the inside with epoxy resin and chopped up fibreglass. Perhaps wrapping some fibreglass tissue first depending how much space there is.



But if you need to buy stuff to do that - you'll probably be as well replacing it!

It wouldn't have to be a join per se, the Metz, procomm & many other "quality" antennas have a pl259 male connection on the base. All Dan would have to do is cut the existing cable close to the antenna & solder on a pl 259 plug, this would connect to various makes out there. I've never been a fan of moulded in cables, they make it awkward for testing & fault finding.


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we use a lot of antennas in work for radio comms for telecontrolled switchgear, any kind of joint always introduces a possible future failure, but like PD says, at least if there's a connection you can get at it to test it in future finding. we've also recently noticed that with fibreglass/resin encased antennas the outer surface is starting to break down and allow moisture into the antenna and coax. but on the bright side Dan, it's only money and if you weren't buying a new aerial you'd only be wasting it on beer n caravans 😂
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I've ordered a Metz from Salty John. Unfortunately he's on his hols so I dunno if I'll get it in time for this weekend
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Arrived yesterday so I'll be fitting that this weekend.
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That needs a nice 6" extension piece & a stainless ratchet mount.👍


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Huh?

I get that an extra 6" would be nice (story of my life) but what's a ratchet mount?
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Huh?

I get that an extra 6" would be nice (story of my life) but what's a ratchet mount?

http://procom.dk/products/284-marifi...ix-2--adt--mbs

Allows you to drop the antenna easily for going under low headroom, eg trees😜


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