|Roxtec EzEntry™ 10/10|
As I began construction of my new XPOL array, I needed to purchase a new and much larger plastic box to hold the multiple relays (5 this time) and the two new LNA's. Because I have purchased a pair of matched 1/4 λ cavity LNA's for this system, I need a MUCH bigger box than before. These LNA's (click HERE to see them) are 17-inches long.
This new system will require FIVE large coaxes plus multiple control wires to enter the box. In the old system I had THREE large coaxes and needed to drill holes in the box large enough to pass the connectors on the ends of the cables. I was never able to manage to waterproof those large entry holes well enough to keep water out of the box. As we all know, water is the enemy of electronic equipment.
Looking for a more elegant solution, I came across the Roxtec EzEntry system. This solution provides a cable entry seal that can be used to weatherproof pre-terminated cables without the need for removing the terminations. That is AWESOME! You can use any cables with connectors already installed and be assured the Cable Entry Port is weatherproof and insect-proof. It is also a system that can be modified to add or remove cables with ease.
Different size cables are easily installed. To adapt the sealing modules to different cable sizes, simply peel off layers from each half of the blue modules until it fits the cable. It is important that you leave a 0.1 to 1 mm gap between the halves of the blue module when placed around the cable. Unused blue modules can stay in the frame for use as "spares" in the future. During installation all parts are lubricated with the supplied lubricant. Click HERE for a 5-minute video of the installation process.
I was really excited to learn about this product which I believe will greatly improve my ability to keep water away from the relays and LNA's for my new array. This system is available in many sizes but I decided to go with the Roxtec EzEntry™ 10/10 model. It allows for up to 10 cables each ranging in size from 0.138-0.650 in (3.5-16.5 mm). This is more than large enough to accomodate 1/2-inch Heliax which has a diameter of 0.51 inches (12.95 mm.) Overall size of the unit is 2.76 x 6.61 in (70x168 mm) which will easily fit my new box.
I also think it is important to note that you can install the Roxtec EzEntry frame in the box without the blue modules and run the various cable into the box through the frame. Once everything is connected and positioned, THEN you can install the blue modules to seal the cables. This makes the process very convenient.
I have found several suppliers of these products online. The model I have decided to use (Roxtec EzEntry™ 10/10) is available for about $85 including shipping. I feel that is a super low price to pay in order to weatherproof cables entering my Relay/LNA box.