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Old 26 November 2009, 14:26   #11
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I agree fully with what you say, however not 100% certain but I think you'll find the UHF is confined to the scanner head and the coax being discussed carries a lower frequency/power signal.

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Yes, thinking about it that would make sense given the long runs typically involved in yacht installations and the relatively poor quality coax described above. Thanks for that.

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Old 26 November 2009, 15:01   #12
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My advice would be to return the set to the factory and get the job done professionally.
My advice stands, all that is needed is a replacement cable.

Yes, you can spend hours (it will be hours) joining and wrapping each one.

Yes, you can buy connectors to make it a bit smarter.

Yes! Either of those might just end up being a waste of time/money and possibly just ruin the set.

Email John at JG Tech, he will be able to get you a brand new uncut cable for about 100 squids. Job done.
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Old 27 November 2009, 03:37   #13
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If you solder and heatshrink all the wires, making sure you connect both the inner and outer of the screened cables then overwrap the lot with self amalgamating tape then you should be fine.

No need for a connector unless you want to be able to remove the scanner regularly.
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Old 27 November 2009, 07:17   #14
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Might be worth your while contacting Barry Electronics, St. Catherines Road, Killybegs, Co. Donegal. They are Furuno agents and mainly serve the fishing industry. I am sure they have come across radar cable repairs frequently.
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Old 27 November 2009, 10:34   #15
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Yes, you can spend hours (it will be hours) joining and wrapping each one.


Email John at JG Tech, he will be able to get you a brand new uncut cable for about 100 squids.
Well, I don't know about you, hours of my spare time is still favourable to spending 100 on a bit of cable!!!
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Well, I don't know about you, hours of my spare time is still favourable to spending 100 on a bit of cable!!!
I do know about me, I would charge 100 quid for the joining process!

But when it comes to advice and someone doing a complicated and delicate job like this for the first and possibly only time I would think a safe 100 quid was better than half a day gambled. RADAR is fairly important after all, imagine it working for a few months - just long enough to get used to it and rely on it - then paff.
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I do know about me, I would charge 100 quid for the joining process!

But when it comes to advice and someone doing a complicated and delicate job like this for the first and possibly only time I would think a safe 100 quid was better than half a day gambled. RADAR is fairly important after all, imagine it working for a few months - just long enough to get used to it and rely on it - then paff.
Unfortunately, that is the Marine trade in a nutshell.

Over complicating a very simple job, and making it souns like it could all end in tears, or possibly a dangerous situation if done incorrectly!

Simple soldering and heat shrinking is a peace of pee, your daughter could do it after a couple of minutes tuition.
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Old 27 November 2009, 11:26   #18
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Unfortunately, that is the Marine trade in a nutshell.
If a marine trader does not explain the possible complications and cross the Ts, if it all goes wrong the paying customer has a right to expect something to be done about it.

It is important to make sure the customer understands the risks associated with patching up versus replacing with new.

I am sure the OP will make a decision about which way he wants to go, having been given all of the options....

An easy repair that cannot possibly go wrong, rather than lining the pockets of an evil marine trader.

or

A straight forward purchase of a new part with all of the usual guarantees, rather than a possibly unreliable and fiddly chore.

I know which I would go for and clearly so do you, but lets try not to be too critical of the other approach?

Please also bear in mind that I had a nice cheeky smiley when I said I would charge a hundred quid.
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If you want my 2p's worth:-

If you've soldered before, and know what you're doing, then go ahead and splice it together. I've soldered countless wires together over the years, and reckon I could do a 10 core cable in under an hour. I'd be very tempted to use a BNC or similar on anything co-ax mind. The signal frequency in the cable can't be that stupendous seeing as it relies on pretty basic plug-in connections on the back of the display.

If you've never soldered before..... now is not the time to learn.

Anyway, I'd do it for 90
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Yeh, I'd have a go at the splicing and soldering route too.
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