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Old 02-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #11
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The cable is extreamly short and actually pulled off the fitting on the antenna. There was only a few inches of slack in the coax. Just enough for me to add a new RG fitting. I made a new 6" long coax that I fastened to the new antenna and then fastened that to the old coax... Then pushed it down into the mounting post when putting the new antenna back on. I bought the RG crimping and stripping tool with waterproof connectors at home depot...

There is a small circuit board inside the antenna. The body just prys apart and snaps back together. BUT when the two halves come apart the pins that hold the aluminum rings in place may alllow the rings fall out of posistion...
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:38 PM   #12
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I disected my old antenna to show you how it looks and comes apart. You don't want to use a screw driver more like a wide stiff putty knife. Start at one of the catches and work your way around. I marked in red where the catches are. You can see my old dish was pretty beat up on the inside. It took a hit and the case cracked. The aluminum rings were rattling around and touching each other. The duct tape you see is to hold the rings in place when I took it apart the first time. The rings want to slip out of posistion.





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Old 02-13-2015, 09:37 PM   #13
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I went to the toy hauler today and found that I have the 1500. Found one on eBay and it will be here first of the week. Hope I have as much success as you did 1l243. Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:06 PM   #14
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1. Test for 12 volts at Coax with power button on.
2. Get yourself a RG connector crimping stripper tool
3. More than likely you will need to make a short coax about 6" long to screw into the antenna. Long enough so it will stick down lower than the antenna tube.
4. You will also need a coax connector to fasten the two coax's together...
5. You may need a tool to tighten the coax inside the antenna tube. I just taped off the connector with metal tape so it would not turn. Then I just treaded the short coax onto the antenna by turning the cable.. (you will see what I am talking about when you take it apart)..
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:32 PM   #15
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I got the antenna this week but I'm going to wait until it warms up to install it. Thanks for the info and suggestions and I'll update when I get it done.
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