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Antenna Wire Cut

Is it possible to splice together the antenna wire? If so, can you give me some guidance? Or is it possible to put a new plug a cut antenna wire?
Thanks, Ray rmcgrew@olneydailymail.com

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I would not advise this...just go get a new one at radio shack or circuit city, some times this splicing is ok, but then again...it may not work...I am for getting anew one.

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If your antenna cable has been cut or severed, it can be repaired without the need for a replacement.

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Small 600 degree soldering iron and solder.
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1) The first step is to use the Xacto knife to cut both ends of the antenna cable so you have a clean end.

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3) Push the braid back to expose the center wire and gently roll the cable and cut the center insulation to expose about 1/10 inch of the center wire. With your small long nose pliers, bend the center wire into a small hook shape.

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Small 600 degree soldering iron and solder.
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