Originally Posted by PaulB2180
I understand that vertical height is the key but RIB specific whip aerials on A frames only seem to reach to about 2m or so above sea level.
I also understand the point that longer glassfibre aerials are likely to snap.
Anyone found a solution to getting more VHF range?
I'd echo Poly's questions - are you just looking for a decent antenna or do you have specific distance/location requirements.
For general functionality - I can recommend Glomex 1.5m 3DB fiberglass antenna - I've not broken one or seen one broken - ever. I did see a forum member break the base on one...
They give good service in use as well - the CG were complimenting me recently on my TX quality in a generally poor reception area.
As you say, height above water is important - but more if you're trying to contact another vessel with low antenna placement. The CG will not experience much
difference. Beware fitting the longer fiberglass antennae - they may well be 6DB units and as such not overly suitable for RIB use as their radiation pattern is very flat, and the heel experienced in a RIB (and from sexy swept back fitting) will not give an even range.