How to Replace the Coax on a Shakespeare Marine Antenna

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How to Replace the Coax on a Shakespeare Marine Antenna
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When you need to replace the coax, or coaxial cable, connecting your VHF marine radio to your boat's Shakespeare fibreglass whip antenna, the process is straightforward. You should remember that Shakespeare's VHF marine radio antennas, just like the marine VHF radio sitting on your boat's dash, require a coaxial cable tipped on both ends with a PL-259 connector, the same kind of connector your marine VHF radio uses. One-third of the job is complete once you ensure the replacement cable has the right connectors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your VHF radio off. Look at the back of the radio and find the antenna cable connector. Turn the collar -- the threaded ring that screws onto the back of the radio -- of the connector clockwise until the antenna cable can be pulled from the radio.

  2. 2

    Go to your antenna. Look at the base of the antenna and find the antenna cable connector. Turn the collar of the connector clockwise until the antenna cable can be pulled from the radio.

  3. 3

    Insert the centre pin of the connector on the new coax into the threaded male part of the connector at base of the antenna. Push the collar up to the male connector and thread it onto the connector. Push the waterproof sleeve up over the connector.

  4. 4

    Push the centre pin of the connector on the new coax into the threaded male part of the connector on the back of your radio. Push the collar up to the male connector and thread it onto the connector. Push the waterproof sleeve up over the connector.

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