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Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotator connector replacement

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotator connector replacement
From: John Bastin <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 22:46:49 -0500
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On Nov 4, 2004, at 6:59 PM, Malcolm Ringel wrote:

Again: Can you not leave "pig-tails" from the existing plugs and simply
splice the wire ends together ? If not, why not ? I will be faced with this
shortly and had been planning to approach it that way. Mistake ?

I moved this summer, taking down a tower and a Yaesu rotator at one location and putting them back up at the new QTH. In the process, I installed new rotor cable at the new site.

I cut the existing rotor cable about a foot from the rotator and from the control box. I purchased a couple of automotive 6-terminal junctions designed for trailer lights at the local NAPA store. These connectors are weatherproof and designed to work in the worst conditions, i.e. hanging loose behind an automobile traveling down a highway at 60 mph towing a trailer, in sunshine or rain, snow or mud.

I attached a pair of these connectors on the new rotor cable, and the other pair on the rotator and control box pigtails. Now I can unplug the cable at the rotator and at the control box when I want to take it down for maintenance, for example, and can plug the pigtail ends together on the bench for testing.

The connectors cost me about $4 a pair. That, to me, was a lot better than paying around $50 for new Yaesu connectors.

Hope this helps.

John E Bastin, K8AJS


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