What is the issue?A high quality VHF installation is required to maximise reception and reduce interference. However cabling connections revolve around fitting PL259 plugs, an if that appears daunting it may lead you to call on expensive specialist help.
Why address this?Addressing this task yourself will reduce costs and enable you to carry out repairs in cruising areas where help may not be freely available. Likewise, soldered joints such as these, using top quality
cable and plugs, will give years of satisfactory service.
How to address this?Following nine steps set out below to attach the connectors. The PL-259 plug fits RG8U cable and, with suitable adaptors, RG8X and RG58. The PL259 connector mates with a SO-239 socket fitted to quality antennas. Suitable cables include RG-58 (smallest), RG-8X, RG-8U and RG213 - see Optimising VHF performance.
Header photo with thanks to Yacht Rent
With thanks to:Salty John, specialising in a select collection of tried and tested sailing equipment. Web site: http://www.saltyjohn.co.uk/ phone +44 (0) 1995 672556 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Add your review or comment:
David EI7KN wrote this review on Sep 19th 2022:
Congratulations on being the best guide I have seen on connecting a PL-259. Finally, someone gets it right. I have not seen a single YouTube video that shows the process correctly.
Michael Harpur wrote this review on Sep 19th 2022:
Thank you. We do our best to set your right ;-)
Please log in to leave a review of this tip.
eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information, you must read our legal page. However, we ask you to help us increase accuracy. If you spot an inaccuracy or an omission on this page please contact us and we will be delighted to rectify it. Don't forget to help us by sharing your own experience.