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Old 18 November 2011, 16:13   #1
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Boat light-pole - ideas?

Anyone know of a stainless-steel light-pole (preferably LED) that I can also add a Metz VHF antenna too? Boat is garaged, so maximum height is 8', however up-and-over garage door will restrict this too, so light-pole either has to fold or drop. I know Perko make an adjustable light-pole, but not sure it's rigid enough for what I have in mind. Light-pole will be transom mounted, etc.

Metz antenna is currently on grab-rail above wind-shield, but reception isn't great.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 18 November 2011, 17:08   #2
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Anyone know of a stainless-steel light-pole (preferably LED) that I can also add a Metz VHF antenna too? Boat is garaged, so maximum height is 8', however up-and-over garage door will restrict this too, so light-pole either has to fold or drop. I know Perko make an adjustable light-pole, but not sure it's rigid enough for what I have in mind. Light-pole will be transom mounted, etc.

Metz antenna is currently on grab-rail above wind-shield, but reception isn't great.

Any help appreciated.
I made me own from a B+Q ariel mount.

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Old 18 November 2011, 17:17   #3
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Try Biffer on here, I've seen his work and it is excellent! a light pole shouldn't be a problem
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Old 18 November 2011, 17:25   #4
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Also look at Scorpion Ribs for some ideas:

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These are the best shots I can find at the moment, if you'd like some better ones I can take some this wekend and post.
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I may be wrong but I wouldn't have thought moving the antenna would improve the performance by much.
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Can make a light pole with quick release stainless antenna bracket. Make it any length you like. Bolt it to the transom. Fold it up and down in a second

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I may be wrong but I wouldn't have thought moving the antenna would improve the performance by much.
It's the height that matters for radio horizon so moving it from the console to the mast would increase that height by a foot or two but I doubt the performance difference would be earth shattering.

The only thing that might help is if a plotter or other equipment is splattering noise, the stern might be an electrically quieter place. Or, being next to a HV ignition system, it might not.

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I may be wrong but I wouldn't have thought moving the antenna would improve the performance by much.
It would/could improve range slightly but a nice bit of height for the Nav lights is always a good Idea
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I have an ex-MOD light pole that might do, it lock together and can be removed from the transom easily, its about 7 or 8 foot I think.
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