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Old 13-Jan-2013, 5:18 AM   #1
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Water in Coax?

My reception has declined rather precipitously of late so I got out the ladder and had a look at my antenna. It came with a little rubber boot that fits over where the coax connects to the transformer. I pulled it off and a bunch of water came out. I'm assuming that the coax has gotten wet, so I'm going to replace it. Should I replace the transformer as well? Is there a specific resistance rating the for the transformer I should get?

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p.s. I did myself a favor and bought some coax seal this time.
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Old 13-Jan-2013, 6:01 AM   #2
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The transformer is too inexpensive to waste your time and safety going back up more than once...

The Winegard TV-2900 has a decent reputation. http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...u=615798101084
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Old 13-Jan-2013, 6:39 AM   #3
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http://www.coaxseal.com.

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And also Scotch Coax-Seal , 1 inch wide , 10 feet long. Mastic Tape#2229.

And Scotch Rubber Mastic Tape , 1 inch wide , 10 feet long , #2228.

I have been using the Scotch Rubber Mastic Tape for many years.

When it is put on it works and seals so well , the only way to get it off is to cut it off.
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Old 13-Jan-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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I have found that some antenna models collect water in the boot, just like a bucket. I recommend that you use a weather proof, snap and seal connector on the coax and ditch the boot.

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Old 13-Jan-2013, 7:06 PM   #5
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How about a dab of di-electric grease? It's basically non-conductive silicon. I put a smudge on the boot collar of my Winegard and pulled the boot over that. Felt like a bit of cheap insurance to me.
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Old 13-Jan-2013, 7:36 PM   #6
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You can't do too much to help protect your components from the weather.
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Old 13-Jan-2013, 8:20 PM   #7
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YES you can Do A Lot and Even More to protect components from the weather.

(Boots and silicone grease and boots and silicone sealer will still let the weather and water in.
Do not use coax boots.)
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The - Coax Seal Brand - will keep weather and water out of the connections.
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And Scotch Coax-Seal and Rubber Mastic Tape.

The Rubber Mastic Tape is Self Fusing , it fuses to it's self and what it is applied to.

It works so well at keeping the weather and rain out of connections and the bond is so strong , that the only way to remove it , get it off is , cut it off.

Last edited by teleview; 14-Jan-2013 at 3:12 PM. Reason: Changed wording to make the point.
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Old 14-Jan-2013, 9:43 AM   #8
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YES you can Do A Lot and Even More to protect components from the weather.

(Boots and silicone grease and boots and silicone sealer will still let the weather and water in.)

The Coax Seal Brand will keep weather and water out of the connections.

And Scotch Coax-Seal and Rubber Mastic Tape.

The Rubber Mastic Tape is Self Fusing , it fuses to it's self and what it is applied to.

It works so well at keeping the weather and rain out of connections and the bond is so strong , that the only way to get it off is cut it off.
To clarify, I probably should've said that you can never do too much.
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Old 15-Jan-2013, 3:12 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the good advice. I'm getting a new cable and transformer, ditching the boot that comes with it and sealing with coax seal. I hope this solves my reception problem.
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