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Old 28 June 2021, 08:10   #1
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Replacing VHF antenna

My VHF antenna disappeared on the last outing, and so I have to replace it. It is mounted on the A frame, with the cable lead down through the frame and then through the trunking under the deck to the console. From what I can see most antenna seem to come with a good length of cable and a plug, but I am worried about pulling the cable through what is a very convoluted cable run. The old antenna is a Vtronix. Cannot seem to be able to upload photos at the moment - sorry

So my question is would I be better joining the new antenna to the old cable at the A frame, or trying to pull the new cable through? If joining, what connector would I use? Any advice gratefully received
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Should be able to get another vtronix and screw in at A frame .
If you want to change completely just tie rope to old one and pull
new one through
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My VHF antenna disappeared on the last outing, and so I have to replace it. It is mounted on the A frame, with the cable lead down through the frame and then through the trunking under the deck to the console. From what I can see most antenna seem to come with a good length of cable and a plug, but I am worried about pulling the cable through what is a very convoluted cable run. The old antenna is a Vtronix. Cannot seem to be able to upload photos at the moment - sorry



So my question is would I be better joining the new antenna to the old cable at the A frame, or trying to pull the new cable through? If joining, what connector would I use? Any advice gratefully received


If itís more than 3 or 4 years old, Iíd rip out the lot & pull another cable through.
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If itís more than 3 or 4 years old, Iíd rip out the lot & pull another cable through.


I think it may be original from 2005.
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I think it may be original from 2005.


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If only the whip is broken the stub can be removed from the base and a new whip fitted. Vitronix also use a cable fitting at the base of the antenna which is designed to be easily removed. You could put a connector onto that cable which would match a connector for an alternative antenna if necessary.
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I bought a new Salty John antenna with cable attached. Pulled new cable through A-frame, trunking, under deck then into console. The supplied connection was fitted after trimming the cable and according to instructions supplied.

I wouldn't use the old co-ax cable!
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