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Old 06 July 2009, 08:53   #1
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Chaps dont know a huge amount about fixed VHF's - just purchased a bargain Icom m421, got all the fittings and manual, just need an aerial/antenna (only thing missing) - can I use any or does it have to be specific? theres coax type connectors in a bag so need lead and aerial - any pointers would be great thanks in advance

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Old 06 July 2009, 11:25   #2
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Olly I have the same rig and I use a Rib raider and it works well in West of Scot. Hope this helps.

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thanks do you have an icom aerial that came with it?
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Olly I have the same rig and I use a Rib raider and it works well in West of Scot. Hope this helps.

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thanks do you have an icom aerial that came with it?
No sorry I chose the RR so they installed it for me when it was in for service.
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If you want a really good antenna then get one of these:

http://www.saltyjohn.co.uk/metzmanta...ennaaerial.htm

Otherwise anything in the VHF section of you local chandlery should do the job, most come with cable and plug included.

Having said all of that, I really like these and have used them on all shapes and sizes of boat:

http://www.pacificaerials.co.nz/Mari...elAntenna.aspx

You should be able to get one for 18 quid or so, but they do require a separate cable pack.
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Olly - they don't come with an aerial - you have to buy one separately.

The VTronix RIB Raider and Whipflex are fitted to a lot of RIBs - I'm not a fan of these anymore, i've had too many break.

http://www.yachtbits.com/vtronix_aerials/

I'm using Pacific Aerials now.
http://www.pacificaerials.co.nz/

Glomex are recommended on here quite a lot too
http://www.glomex.it/
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which one do you have, and is it from a UK supplier?
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which one do you have, and is it from a UK supplier?
All uk chandlers have access to Pacific, very easy to buy.
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The Metz Manta as recommended by Malthouse is pretty good-I had one on my Sr4. The only drawback is that you have to have a PL259 connector (same as the one on the back of the radio) attaching the cable to it which means that salt spray gets into the connector and co-ax quite easily.
It's probably worth using a gold plated connector on it.
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