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Old 04 November 2012, 09:04   #1
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Alternatives to Rib Raider Aerial

Hi, I'm not getting a good signal from my Vtronix V-Tronix RIB RAIDER VHF Aerial, I don't know if I should strip it down and check the connections or just buy another?

Is there anything better out there?
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Old 04 November 2012, 09:16   #2
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Which VHF Antenna
Try this, also there are plenty of other forum notes on VHF options
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As you are prob aware the RIB raider splits opinion here...... do a search.

We now use the Pacific range .....very robust and have a universal base......I use the flexible stubbies but have a long /hard pole for emergency use /if we are in a v poor area, although tbh if we can't get them with the stubby the large one can't get them either.....LOTS of dead spots were we live /work
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We've used several of the V-Tronix Whipflex Stainless Steel Whip aerials and they are brilliant. LINK

Loads of spare cable to route around the A frame and under the deck. Once fitted on the A frame it's at a decent height and it gets outstanding reception.

Its the left hand aerial in the picture.

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Anything would be better.
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Hi, I'm not getting a good signal from my Vtronix V-Tronix RIB RAIDER VHF Aerial, I don't know if I should strip it down and check the connections or just buy another?

Is there anything better out there?
I fitted 2 Metz recently loads better
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Anything would be better.
Agreed, a Piece of wet string hanging from the A-frame would be a better option than a RibRaider.

Pacific are good aerials, I have the one meter whip but you can just unscrew this from the base and fit a stubby one if you wanted. Beign able to easily remove the aerials is ideal if you need to get you boat under a low doorway etc.
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We've used several of the V-Tronix Whipflex Stainless Steel Whip aerials and they are brilliant. LINK

Loads of spare cable to route around the A frame and under the deck. Once fitted on the A frame it's at a decent height and it gets outstanding reception.

Its the left hand aerial in the picture.

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Thanks for all the advice here

Is there anything I can do to test my current aerial or is it a case of checking the connections?
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Hi, I'm not getting a good signal from my Vtronix V-Tronix RIB RAIDER VHF Aerial, I don't know if I should strip it down and check the connections or just buy another?

Is there anything better out there?
Hi Alex

When I owned AJ's rib I changed the V tronix aerial when I fitted the radar reflector, I bought a glomex stainless steel rib antenna. I had to order it and if I remember rightly it was about 70 but brilliant aerial.
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