Quick Connect Kit for Garmin Alpha and Astro
by macie E.
Loved ordering off of this site. My boyfriend told me what it was and I looked it up. Looked at the picture it showed and saw this was the something he needed. I got it within a week. Vary pleased and recommend it to others.
As with every other product I've received from outdoor dog supply.... it is great! The time that the quick connect saves is very much worth the money!!! I can switch from the regular antenna to the long range magnetic antenna in seconds!
we run 12 collars and two Garmin boxes and hunt almost everyday of the season. We constantly change from the short rubber antenna to the magnetic rooftop antenna and last season we broke ends off of 3 rooftop antennas from switching up so much. These quick connects are well worth the investment to salvage your gear and it eliminates the constant threading on and off of antennas.
I have the quick connect kit for my Garmin Astro 320 and it makes changing antennas much easier when your in a hurry or in the dark going from your roof top or your handheld antenna. This is a MUST have for my Garmin!
Never had it happen to me but I have heard hundreds of horror stories about the antenna connections on the Garmin GPS units. Hunters have broken the male connections completely off the top of their units, stripped the threads, ruined the solder joints that allow the antenna to communicate with the device, and any other off-the-wall thing you can think of doing. Dog hunters in general tend to not be the most gentle people around with our equipment but one thing that we all do and do well is put equipment through a gauntlet of situations which will test even the best built devices. With that said, here is my review of the Quick Connect Kit for Garmin tracking systems that is sold by Outdoor Dog Supply.
In essence, what this kit does is converts the OEM Garmin antenna connector and turns it into a BNC connector that is easily used, can take more of a beating, and allows for lightening quick antenna changes for those of us that utilize a roof mounted antenna while in their vehicle. The beauty of this connector is that it only takes a quarter-turn to attach an antenna instead of 30 seconds worth of screwing and un-screwing the Garmin connectors. The male end of the connector attaches to the OEM Garmin connector by screwing directly onto it in the same fashion that you would screw any antenna onto the unit. Once tightened onto your Garmin unit, the male Quick Connector completely covers the Garmin connector and at the same time provides a significant amount of additional strain relief so the antenna connection as a whole is more heavy duty. The female end of the Quick Connect Kits are screwed and tightened onto every antenna that is to be used with the device. This may require the purchase of a few female Quick Connectors for those that use more than one antenna with their device. For example, I have a female connector on my small