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Old 08 May 2014, 03:07   #11
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I Just fitted this one from shakespeare, got it via Amazon. Its a marine antenna with a neat folding feature built in. The whip is spring loaded into the base, the spring pulls the whip into a stainless steel tapered seat, so all you have to do is lift the antenna & fold it over. Very handy
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Old 24 May 2014, 05:10   #12
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Pacific antenna for me now, easily removable as it just unscrews. It also removes easily when you back it into the garage and forget to take it off but at least it's easy to change!
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Old 24 May 2014, 08:52   #13
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Pacific antenna for me now, easily removable as it just unscrews. It also removes easily when you back it into the garage and forget to take it off but at least it's easy to change!
Hi,

Which one?

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Old 27 May 2014, 06:17   #14
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Seamaster, I now have the 0.45m version and the 1m version which can be swapped in 30 sec.

The former is a soft 'rubber duck' type whip, like a bigger version of what you would find on a handheld radio, while the latter is made of a stiff steel/fibreglass mix (or something similar) and will snap. As I found out

Pacific Aerials Seamaster Pro VHF Helical Antenna - 1.0m - Only 23.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

I have a through deck mount on a plate on the A frame:

Pacific Seamaster Pro Through Deck Mount c/w 5m cable | allGadgets Marine

Be aware the 5m cable on this isn't long enough to reach the radio if your console is well forward like mine, I had to join mine under the helm seat.

I haven't tried to objectively compare the range but going on 'what I can hear where' there doesn't immediately seem to be a lot of difference from my limited observation so far.
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Old 27 May 2014, 07:35   #15
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Its becoming hard to find Pacific kit in the UK now as they are no longer being imported apparently. I've ordered 2 seamasters pro's and each time the supplier has emailed me to say they are out of stock and won't be getting any more.

I've decided to go for a Metz Manta now.

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Old 28 May 2014, 20:33   #16
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I got both aerials recently after my little garage incident with no problem. Maybe I was just lucky.
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Old 06 June 2014, 16:02   #17
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A friend of mine manages the force4 stores in Hamble do I've asked if she can get the items for me.

I emailed Pacific and they suggested a couple of boatbuilders may be able to supply.

I'll let you know how I get on.

I wonder what's involved in being their uk distributor.....
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I've got these - great performance and easy to take the whip off if you want to reduce the height of your rig.

Previously I had Rib Raider antennas but always had problems with water getting into the connector under the antenna.

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