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Old 26 November 2002, 13:24   #1
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VHF Antenna wanted

Ok got the fixed VHF purchased at an amazing price from states, but now need an antenna suitable for mounting on my ribs radar arch

Anybody got one for sale or know of where I can get one at a reasonable price ?
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Old 01 January 2003, 14:54   #2
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still looking

if you know of one
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Old 02 January 2003, 10:01   #3
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U S prices ?

Are prices in the US much cheaper than the UK ? I live in Dublin but have a friend that travels back to Boston every three weeks.
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Old 02 January 2003, 12:02   #4
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I found a guy selling a DSC VHF on ebay but when i contacted him he said UK customs would not allow it in. Any tips matiboy?

VHF antenna : Could pick one up from the local chandlers and deliver with Rib-International at some stage if you like. Local chandler / outboard guy is a friend and gives me great prices - let me know.

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Old 02 January 2003, 15:21   #5
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Daniel & Scotty

please see my post on ribchat


would be interested to see what price you could get one for Daniel ? The fibreglass ones I can get for 25 quid but the flexible wire ones recommmended for ribs are 50 quid ??

Scotty, yes research the web, a lot of electronics are much cheaper
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That is untrue about sending stuff across from the US. I bought in a whole heap of electronics from florida, no problem. I just had to pay vat on it here.(clamed it back as company expence)

the Guy I got it off was VIT Electronics.com I think.

good service, great prices
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I may be wrong (I usually am) but I think I read somewhere that VHF's manufactured for sale in the USA had certain channel frequencies either allowed/disallowed or preset or something and these were diferent from UK/Europe ones.
Hence perhaps UK Customs not liking it?
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without going and looking at the frequency list there are a few slight differences. One that springs to mind cos it has local(to me) significance is ch7 which is simplex in usa and duplex here. But I have yet to have one from over the pond that is not switchable and when we have forgotten to switch over it has made no operating difference. Vhf are s'posed to be type approved for the radio comm agency licencing but they don't ask on the application form what the set is. Customs will be interested with their liason with trading standards as radios should be CE marked to say they comply with electro magnetic compatability regs. Sets sold in states do not need a ce mark as it is european community legislation. Lets face it sets sold in the states may well be going onto an american vessel which is sailing the world and he needs to be able to communicate with his radio wherever he is. What's the difference practically if the set comes over here on an aeroplane and is then fitted as opposed to coming over already fitted and working.
Our best buy was a uniden h/h vhf about 5 years ago. totally waterproof, designed for jet skiers who are going to get wet inevitably, switchable int/usa and fits in lifejacket pocket. Less than $100 at the time and still going strong despite frequent wettings.
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matiboy,

I use a fibreglass one on my RIB, no problems to date. I can get it for about 18 - not really much saving to be had there, he does not have any of the RIB specific ones - saw them @ LBS but they were still 60.

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18 quid sounds good

what sort of length fibreglass, could it be fitted to top of A frame or mounted next to A frame ? Cheers
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