I have a Kaito reciever that I plan to use for weather fax with the computer and JVcomm software
. It came with an external entenna that plugs into the radio
via a 1/8" mono plug
. The antenna is pretty flimsy and I want to make a better one. My boat is a ketch
rig and the PO installed insulators on the triatic stay. My plan was to run 12 awg tinned wire up the mizzen and then clamp a bare portion of the wire to the insulated portion of the triatic. Then on the below decks end of the wire I would solder on a 1/8" mono plug
to plug into the radio's antenna jack. My question is related to the soldering of this plug. I bought one at radio
shak and it has two places to connect the wire to. My guess is they are for the two portions of the plug, the tip and the upper portion of the shaft as in left and right channel audio.
Which one of these two contacts should I solder my single
conductor wire to? Or should I split the wire and solder to both points? Or should I be using two conductor wire?