I'm juggling a mixture of equipment between boats at the moment, moving a fixed VHF to my small hardboat. I was just about to stick a 3dB 1.2m whip antenna to the back of the boat when I noticed a label saying it shouldn't be within 3m of humans (an FCC regulation).
Ignoring my wife's comment that a 1.2m antenna on a 4.5m boat makes it look like a radio-controlled toy, can I reasonably assume that this FCC regulation is a bit on the pessimistic side (though not applicable anyway)?
If I can use a 6W handheld held against my head, sticking 25W through an antenna 0.5m from someone's head is going to be a lower intensity (I rarely, if ever need to use 25W anyway).
I can buy a rubber antenna and get that further away but it will be smaller (and cost money). I'd rather put 1W through a 1.2m antenna that have to put 25W through a 165mm antenna to achieve the same range)
Any opinions gratefully received
(My tinfoil 'hat' never leads my head, so I am immune to the effects of RF!)
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