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:

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Here is a picture of the outside, after the hole had been drilled and the bulkhead pushed through:

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The final result, outside:

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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:

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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.

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