Nick wrote:Incompatible connectors unfortunately Steve.
If they were compatible or I had an adaptor, then I would be slightly worried about buggering up the handheld wwhen I switched on the tri, but would be prepared to give it a go. Might try to get the relevant bits and solder up an adaptor when we get to Horta.
Can you tell me the technical terms for the bits I need to do this?
Hi Nick. All you need is a PL259 to BNC adaptor that you fit permantly to your main VHF (just screws on like the standard cable end PL259) this means that the main VHF aerial lead needs a 50 ohm BNC connector fitted (Same as ethernet cable BNC end). The usual fitting for most handhelds is BNC as well so it means you can remove the stubby rubber-duck aerial from the handheld and just plug straight into the main VHF aerial in case of failure of the main VHF.
If you need more info I can get some photos and we can chat on Skype etc. Let me know.