Okay, so it sounds like I can just cut about a three inch pigtail on the attached RG58 and install a connector, which I can secure inside the mounting pipe. Thanks.
We had probably the best radio
setup on the island, before lightning
took it out last summer. I had an 8 ft. whip on a ten foot pole on top of a house sitting on a little hill, putting the top of the antenna about 75 ft. asl. I had just used two pieces ( 50 ft. total) of RG58 at the time, and we got a nice 50ish mile radius range. The lightning
damage to the house was severe, and I am just now getting around to replacing the antenna, feed, radio
, and power supply. They were all blown to smithereens. THIS time, antenna on a steel
pipe that is grounded. I'm a little slow sometimes, but I do learn eventually. Two lightning strikes immediately above my head
in the same year sure got my attention re VHF
antenna installations. Same culprit, both times.
El Rubio, the 60 ft. run is from the tip of the mast
to the radio in the helm
station on a 40 ft. catamaran
. The 75 ft. run is from our home office to an antenna mounted on 20 ft. of pipe attached to a porch at home. Two different installations.
It's common here to install marine
VHF in homes, businesses, taxi's etc. It was the standard form of communication here until cell phones came out.