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Old 27 February 2005, 15:46   #1
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Arial type??

I dont have a A frame on my rib can i fit a arial on the consel at the front something like a small rubber ariel fitted to vehicles ???

Thank for any help you can offer

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Old 28 February 2005, 00:57   #2
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You can but the range won't be so good as you dont have the height you would get from an A frame.

I'll have a look at our emergency ariel and tell you what make it is. Pete 7 had a stubby on his Tohatsu I think he paid 50 kwid for it from Marine superstores

There are some erudite radio men on this forum so you can expect a more comprehensive answer than this

If you have a stainless backrest to your seat then I would consider attaching a 6 foot stainless/aluminium,nylon pole to the back of the seat to give you the height for the ariel.
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Old 28 February 2005, 06:03   #3
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consider attaching a 6 foot stainless/aluminium,nylon pole to the back of the seat to give you the height for the ariel.
Yeah that would work fine for the metal pole. Things to bear in mind is that an efficient aerial needs two halves, for vertical polarising: one up and one down (dipole). To lose the downward pointing one you can use unbalanced coax cable but the aerial will need something conductive to act as a ground plane.

A console is not conductive so will not work as a ground plane, but a stainless A frame, seat back or, in my case, an aluminium light pole, will work fine.

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Marine antennas do not use ground planes.

May be worth putting an antenna on the transom or a pole with a antenna on to gain the extra height and performance.

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