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Old 09 December 2005, 18:58   #11
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Hope you didn't transmit it to anyone!
Transmit?!! I could barely walk! Those were the AM days, didn't have enough power to make it out of the carpark. Couldn't "spread me' lurv around" so to speak.


Sorry, that's CB radio AM for those non-Good Buddies.
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Old 09 December 2005, 19:01   #12
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so a little whippy spring arial is better than two nice long see me girls white arials then?
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Old 09 December 2005, 19:19   #13
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Quite a lot of people use those white aerials, but I've broken one on a boat similar to your Shetland - there's a lot of weight and leverage on the plastic base.

The raider type seem good - allegedly designed specially for RIBs. Ours is just a plain steel whip type and we get really clear reception. They used to suffer from failure due to fatigue at the base (if you had looked behind when we were at speed around St Catherine's Point last month, you would have seen how much wobble the aerial gets) but the new versions have a plastic coating over the lower half to damp vibration. Our current one is two-and-a-half years old and going strong.

VTronics web site is down at the moment, but I think this is the model: http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...4-6af131974522 I'm sure I paid less at Shamrock though!

Here's the "Raider": http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...egoryID/119/v/

If my radio aerial theory is correct, the straight aerial should out-perform the coiled one.

We also carry a spare aerial like this: http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...4-6af131974522 Or at least we did until I lent it to Andy Stevens!
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Old 09 December 2005, 19:22   #14
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Ive had V-Tronix Rib Raider on my current and my last boat - great but quite expensive i feel for what it is.

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Old 09 December 2005, 19:26   #15
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I've broken more than my fair share of Vtronix RIB raiders. They changed the design and now instead of the whips snapping the stupid things just fall out the base.

On a 6m boat I suspect you won't have any trouble with the RIB raider aerial, however they arenít particularly efficient. I would at least try the SS whip version which is longer - the difference is significant.

As to plastic/fibre glass - Iíve seen a number of RIBs with them and they seem to survive. The Jackeens have one on Merlin and I guess thatís done a fair few miles now. As to performance benefits I have no idea.
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Glomex white thing for me.
http://www.glomex.it/details.asp?idprod=RA112

Supposedly has a lifetime warranty but not had to use it yet.


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Old 10 December 2005, 13:43   #18
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I am only going to say this once

when you mount your ariels don't mount them directly through the A frame if you can help it. They usually come with some form of mounting barcket use that amd mount the bracket onto the A frame,

It reduces the shock being transmitted through the Aeriels base
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Old 10 December 2005, 15:23   #19
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purchased a rib raider today for 42 quid
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Glomex white thing for me.
http://www.glomex.it/details.asp?idprod=RA112
Supposedly has a lifetime warranty but not had to use it yet.
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I have two of these, no problems thus far - 3 years and many sea miles later!
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