Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Re: Radio antenna mount...
I'm a DIY'r and often will try and salvage stuff like that if I can. If the cable is good (i.e. hasn't gotten water in it, been kinked, etc.) I'd try to brighten up the connection down inside. I'd also dope it with dielectric grease to prevent corrosion later on. BUT, if it doesn't look superb when you're done replace it. The rust on the toggle isn't a problem. The antenna is one of those things you hope not to have to work on more than once. Also, once it's all assembled, measure between ground and the shield connection (on the radio end). You should have continuity, but may not since it looks like you've got fresh paint there. If the toggle doesn't bite into the metal and find ground, your radio reception will suffer.
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