Getting Antenna Coax Into The Ham Shack
For quite a while, I have had the inconvenience of having to run coax through the back slider door in my ham shack. This means it was always open a crack, letting cold air and bugs into my room. I finally decided to get a bulkhead, which I found on eBay for \$18, S&H included: ARS-0518-6 - 6" SO-239 UHF Double Female Bulkhead Coaxial Connector Coax Adapter. The installation is pretty easy; basically, I just drilled a 5/8" hole through the wall (using a 5/8" paddle bit). Standard wall thickness is 5", so a 6" bulkhead feed thru is perfect. Here is a picture of the part I ordered off eBay:
Here is a picture of the outside, after the hole had been drilled and the bulkhead pushed through:
The final result, outside:
This part was VERY nice to get; it is plastic, and it was easy to drill the 5/8" hole through it. Additionally, it had a foam gasket, so that the installation is insulated. I got it at the hardware store, it is called a "Nonmetallic Single Gang Blank Weatherproof Cover." It cost \$3.29.
The inside, final product:
I used a F-type coax face plate, and drilled it to 5/8". Alternatively, you could also use a blank face plate, and drill it out.
I am very happy with the final result. It is so nice to have access to my outdoor antenna at all times, without having to open the slider door.