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Old 16 March 2008, 19:19   #11
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ciaranp,

I would keep looking, I am not that impressed with the Vtronics stuff. I recently replaced a fairly cheap Silva whip arial with a Raider like the one in your link and find the reception is not as good and also I now seem to be suffering from interference from the engine when receiving weaker signals.

I am probably going to keep the Raoder on the Aframe as a spare but will also be fitting a longer whip ariel as the main unit.

Chris
What about the longer fiberglass aerials? would these get broken easier?
get a fold down bracket to mount them with?
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Old 17 March 2008, 08:45   #12
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What about the longer fiberglass aerials? would these get broken easier?
get a fold down bracket to mount them with?
I have seen them in use on a few Ribs however have no experience of usin them.

The main thing I am going to avoid is a base loaded antenna like the Vtronics ones. This is when a short antenna has a coil in the base that means the arial behaves like a half wave antenna without needing the length of 1.5 metres or more to achieve true half wave performance.


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Old 17 March 2008, 17:14   #13
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ok so anyone suggest what antenna i should buy to mount easily on the A-Frame.???
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Old 18 March 2008, 05:06   #14
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Ciaran,

Why not give one of these new Pacific aerials a try.

http://www.pacificaerials.co.nz/marine/vhf.htm

I am going for the 1 meter one P6182 and they do a variety of bases that will suit an a-frame

They do 2 versions one with the wire attached into the aerial (P6035) the other where wire runs into the base and the aerial can be unscrewed from the base (P6182). I like this idea as it would make it very easy to change if it breaks in future. and you could tie wrap a spare antenna to the underside of the A-frame.

Marine Megastore seem to have it all in stock although their part numbering is different so if you go to www.smgeurope.com they are the UK distributor and have better info from which you can get a UK part number to go to marine megastore with

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