yeah i removed the old coax as it was too far down to get at, the trunking does look packed fairly tight, i did think of using the mast head anchor
light cable for pulling new cables
up with but was worried if anything went wrong id be losing the mast head
light as well.
I did think or rigging
a temporary antenna on the granny bars at the foot of the mast (this is where the old coax comes through the deck) and just waiting for the next haul out
to step the mast and replace the cable then.
I know this would limit range somewhat, but i do have an epirb
and will be getting a sat phone
, so its really the ais
range i was bothered about, i have a standard horizon vhf
which has ais
built in so shares the same antenna.
I tried using an electricians cable guide and shoving it up from the bottom but it fouled at the first spreaders where the deck
light is, trying from the top of the mast it fouls at the upper spreaders where the steaming light is.
I am thinking about using the anchor
light cable to pull the coax an a thin messenger up but am worried if the 2 cables should part mid way, maybe if i solder them together then heat shrink over the join?