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Old 20 December 2011, 11:11   #1
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Best middle of the range fixed VHF for the RIB?

I am looking to fit a fixed VHF with DSC on my RIB. I am starting from scratch and am looking for the best middle of the range setup plus a fold down aerial, horn and remote speakers for hearing the radio on.
I have a 3 yr old Garmin 526 GPS that I plan to use for the DSC positioning. It is for use solely in the UK, I am not interested in non UK models.
I would appreciate any suggestions / advice please.
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Old 20 December 2011, 11:18   #2
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Old 20 December 2011, 12:04   #3
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That's what I've got, out of interest what antenna do you use? I have a tiny whip on the arch and I never hear a thing.
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Yup, that's what I've got
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Are the SHAKESPEARE 5225-XP 8' antenas any good?
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Are the SHAKESPEARE 5225-XP 8' antenas any good?
Yes but on a fast RIB bouncing around they need to be supported along their length. If its just at the end it won't last very long flailing around. The conductors inside can break. Although this isn't specific to the Shakespeare, any rigid 8ft antenna should probably have additional support.
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Yes but on a fast RIB bouncing around they need to be supported along their length. If its just at the end it won't last very long flailing around. The conductors inside can break. Although this isn't specific to the Shakespeare, any rigid 8ft antenna should probably have additional support.
Interesting! How do you go about supporting it along its length, without interfering with its reception?
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Interesting! How do you go about supporting it along its length, without interfering with its reception?
They make plastic brackets like these for just this job. An 8ft antenna flailing around on a fast boat bouncing over waves won't last long without additional support. I know everyone wants their antenna as high as possible on their a-frame, but I'd prefer to mount it on the side of the a-frame about 3ft lower. Then have a intermediate support near the top of the a-frame. So only the top 4 or 5ft of the antenna is unsupported. I happen to have a whip on my current boat, but have had 8ft fiberglass antennas in the past.

All the height and range in the world is wasted if the conductors inside the antenna aren't in good condition.
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