Originally Posted by Rokraider
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.