H260 VHF Installation
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Found the best installation location was over the
stove. Easy access to power source and the antenna wire conduit is also very
close. Hunter provides a 1.5 inch conduit from over the table to just above the
stove. The conduit is partially blocked by the starboard stanchion bolts, but it
is possible to feed the coax from the entry point over the table through the
conduit and back to the exit point over the stove.
Acting on the advice of others I purchased the
wireless mike which works just like cordless phone. Have DSC capability so
hooked it to the GPS. This was good advice; however, since then I've come to the
conclusion that If I had to do it over again, I'd skip the wireless mike and
purchase a handheld VHF with DSC - they are about the same price and a great
back up for the cabin mounted VHF. Also, the wireless mike only has about a four
hour life so you can't leave it on.
Fitting for the VHF connection at the base of
mast was a little hard to find but easy to install. I used Ancor
200250 bulkhead feed, and Ancor
200252 bulkhead feed cap. The Shakespeare
"stubby" 4400 Mariner 3" antenna works well with the Davis Windex. Also, purchased
back-up antenna. This came in handy when I had to motor with the mast down in
Key West and parts of the ICW where there are lots of low bridges.