Passing the various feed lines and rotor cables into the shack presents an interesting engineering challenge. Easy is usually cheesy and in this case, I don’t even know how many cables will eventually be required. The last thing I want to do is start cutting holes in the side of my house without a solid plan for how to make that functional, watertight, expandable, and it needs to not make my wife gasp when she sees it for the first time.

I started my search for “something” at DX Engineering. The closest thing I saw there was that MFJ window feedthrough panel. Not the worst option, though I don’t want to sacrifice the use of a window and my interest is getting the cables all the way inside. Not just to a connector on the window frame. Not finding anything better at other ham radio dealers, I turned to the internet.

That search revealed numerous interesting options, but I thought this was the best option and I contacted the company to get additional details. Seaview makes these water-proof cable feedthrough glands for home, auto, and maritime applications.

A sales engineer quickly responded with this brochure along with additional details about how to install them.

The inner rubber gland is in two pieces that fit around the cable so connectors can be passed through the opening. This is an obvious advantage for pre-made cables with connectors already attached, or when removing existing cables without needing to cut the connectors off, etc. The photo I’ve attached shows a single cable entry gland, but they also make similar pass-through components that can handle multiple cables.

I’m going to order and install a single gland feedthrough so I can further evaluate it with hope that it will prove suitable for my application. If it does, I’ll order a few of the multi-cable entry devices and install some sort of frame in the vinyl siding outside my shack that will support this sort of cable entry.