Ok, I have a handheld VHF, Icom M33, but i've found that the range is not brilliant
. For example when leaving the harbour i try and do a radio check with the coastguard but get no repsonse. The rib i normally go out with has a fixed Icom M411 and they get an instant repsonse. I'm guessing my 5w handheld and short aerial just doesnt cover the distance. So......
I'm looking at the M411, antenna and mounting system for the transom. Channel Ribs on here has kindly provided a quote of £196 ex Vat for the radio, pro mount, antenna and a 1" diameter stainless pole with transom fixings. Basically everything i need to set up a fixed radio.
My question is, is this the best route to go to get better reception and does anyone have any pics of a stainless pole and aerial option so i can see how it all looks. I dont have an a-frame you see.
I wouldnt bother with a fixed set but now we are sometimes ribbing out to 15 miles offshore i want to have best reception for safety reasons.
Any thoughts welcome