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Old 08-06-2017, 13:56   #1
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iridum go install

Iridum install - Center cockpit 46í sailboat

Have solar arch on back deck. 12v available on arch.Runing wires into cockpit or cabin is not practical.

Can I put the go unit on and the external antenna on the aft deck, tap into the 12v that is already there and not need to run any other wires.A guy on my dock with a similar boat layout is running 30ft of antenna to putthe go unit inside the cabin.

I also have a question about attenuation. Can I just use the raw base unit protected by my isinglass in my cockpit or behind glass windows?

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In principle you can install your Go on the aft deck. It comes with a protective plastic shroud which will help from abrasions but I wouldn't trust the longterm water tightness of the Go. Try to find a dry storage place for it ie lazerette, etc. you can run a longer 12v power cable.

The Go will work indoors on grp boats, behind glass (this was our initial arrangement) however the tx/rx is much improved with the external antenna (what we have now).
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Re: iridum go install

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Runing wires into cockpit or cabin is not practical.


Welcome to working on boats. Pulling cable can be the biggest part of a project.

The GO! is a great little box but it is not meant to be out in the weather. I would only mount it inside the boat.

You definitely want the external antenna. That means at least one cable run.

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I also have a question about attenuation. Can I just use the raw base unit protected by my isinglass in my cockpit or behind glass windows?
"Can" and "should" are different things. Plan for the external antenna. You'll be glad you did.
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