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Old 08 September 2008, 11:12   #1
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Can I use a VHF aerial to pick up FM?

As the title says, I'm going to install a lowrance VHF that has a FM tuner built in but need to get an aerial for the FM reception. Can I use a second VHF antenna or does it need to be FM specific?

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You should be able to. Quite a few people here use 5/8 wave 2m band (145MHz) whips for car radios and reckon they work better than normal car radio aerials - can't say I have ever tried it myself. At the end of the day you can use a coathanger for receiving, its the transmit bit where you have to get the aerial right
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As the title says, I'm going to install a lowrance VHF that has a FM tuner built in but need to get an aerial for the FM reception. Can I use a second VHF antenna or does it need to be FM specific?

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A marine vhf antenna will pick up FM broadcasts nicely, plus you get a spare for your vhf too if you make up a clever connector.
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That sounds great. I hadn't thought of the spare aerial aspect!
Cheers for the help guys!
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i had two aerials on mine, the long white ones, had two incase one snapped. however they never did, one was a spare backup

when the new stereo went on we got a special connector that allowed you to use the aerial for the ships radio but also could recieve fm for the stereo on the same aerial

it worked a treat for sure and i dont thing they are very expensive. worth looking into
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Pacific do something similar for about 16.00, sadly we wont have any in for a couple of weeks though.
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Pacific do something similar for about 16.00, sadly we wont have any in for a couple of weeks though.
yes it was the pacific that we fitted to the boat and it worked a treat, great bit of kit
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I wouldn't splice it together DIY as it'll change the impedence of the Aerial at the risk of damaging the VHF.
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I wouldn't splice it together DIY as it'll change the impedence of the Aerial at the risk of damaging the VHF.
Indeed, use either a splitter or make up a proper adapter.
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