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Old 03-26-2014, 01:53 PM
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Thank you Dave. I was able to source a solution at the local commercial radio retailer in Durango. It's a "Laird" brand standard sized coax cord. Should work for the pre-run. If not I will look closer at those options again upon return.

But my next step is running it through the firewall. The standard drivers side hole is pretty full already. (80 series) Plus that is where I've run my big power cable to my accessory fuse block. So in the interest if removing any potential interference what have others done? I'm completely fine with drilling a new hole if someone has found a good spot.

Now to the hardware store to find a healthy sized grommet. This cable is cut to length with a coax fitting to be installed. But I think I want a hole large enough for the connector to pass through in case of future whatever.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:05 PM
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Dave, you mention soldering on the connector. The one I bought the guy just said to crimp. Does that sound accurate?
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:30 PM
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Sure, it's possible, there are crimp style PL259 connectors. I've used some that are easy to assembly and some that are more difficult than soldering. Some are pure junk while others are every bit as good as soldered on ones. Most of the time good quality ones assembled using the right tools are actually better than soldering IMHO, there is no degradation of the dielectric and insulation and mechanically they are good. BNC and SMA connectors are always crimped on, for example.
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Any thoughts on using a bulk head type connector for the firewall pass through? I like the idea of two separate coax cables. An interior one from the radio to connector and an exterior to the antenna. Saves me the hassle of finding a grommet solution.

Something like this: https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/N-23-p2552.htm
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I run mine thru the plug on the firewall where the clutch would go.
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I run mine thru the plug on the firewall where the clutch would go.
That hole is pretty well maxed out on my truck already
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