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Ian_H posted 08-02-2011 10:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ian_H   Send Email to Ian_H  
When I installed my Garmin 498 (in 2007) I shortened the antenna cable (I realize this voids the warranty). The unit has and is working well however recently I have noticed that the BNC connector is a little loose. I would therefore like to replace the BNC connector however, I cannot remember what brand of BNC connector I used to replace the original. Can anyone advise me of a reliable brand of either crimp or solder connector (RG-58 and 50 ohm) that I can purchase?
Jerry Townsend posted 08-03-2011 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Ian - google -- radio shack -- or go to

I suspect that you can order a BNC connector from them. Basically, a BNC connector is a BNC connector - been used for many years - and are pretty standard. --- Jerry/Idaho

davej14 posted 08-06-2011 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I have had good luck with:

jimh posted 08-06-2011 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As a general rule, I suggest avoiding all products sold by RADIO SHACK. That's my modis operandi .
Chuck Tribolet posted 08-08-2011 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I certainly wouldn't use a Radio Shack connector on a boat.

The Shake CenterPin connector that DaveJ14 pointed you at
will be just fine, esp. if you encapsulate the small part
in some Ancor hot melt glue lined heat shrink.


davej14 posted 08-08-2011 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Unless the connector is exposed directly to water I wouldn't worry about covering it with anything. If it is inside the console take a look at the other un-encapsulated electrical connectors you have in there which aren't even gold plated. You may end up causing more trouble and if you do need to make an emergency repair you will be out of luck. If you encapsulate, carry a spare ($10 worth of insurance).
Jerry Townsend posted 08-08-2011 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Jimh - and others - Radio Shack is not my first choice either - but he is in the Canadian boonies and probably needs to have it mailed to him - and needs one. If you know where he can get a better quality one mailed to him - I would bet that he, and others, would like to hear that. --- Jerry/Idaho

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