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Old 19 August 2007, 14:48   #11
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hmm I have exactly the same results with mine, a blob of silicon may stop that plastic thingie rideing up- is yours transmitting & receiving ok? I seem to have a problem somewhere with mine and the radio is back on the emergency aerial on the consol at the moment. Joints look ok at radio end, I suspect its not connecting into the aerial itself correctly. When I get time I'll have a look.
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Old 19 August 2007, 14:56   #12
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Mine seems to be transmitting and receiving ok, although I haven't really had an opportunity to test it fully yet...

What's the issue with yours? Weak signal? Or totally dead?
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Old 20 August 2007, 18:31   #13
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its fine now- the co-ax needed shoving firmly into base before tightening the finger nut thingie. Must put blob of silicon on that grommet though cos its annoying me.
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it isn't going to be so easy to remove
I also need to lower the antenna on this boat to store it. I just undo the plastic nut on the base, slide the co-ax out thru the slot in the mounting bracket and then put it all back inverted and spin the plastic nut on a few threads.
The aerial looks to be an improvement on the old design but only time will tell
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Old 01 September 2007, 04:28   #14
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Good job I haven't drafted my letter yet...

The whole thing has snapped off at the base now!

By brother sent this via MMS so I haven't seen the damage in person yet... more details to follow!
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Old 01 September 2007, 12:47   #15
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mine has done the same yesterday
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Old 01 September 2007, 13:51   #16
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hmm mine is ok despite a real good hammering on some rough water training this week But of course only time will tell. Where exactly have they broken and what sort of mounting bracket have they been on?
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Old 01 September 2007, 14:34   #17
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Well the next time I break or lose a V tronix aerial I won't be buying another one. This new one doesn't look like an improvement on the old one. And when I went to V Tronix for a replacement antenna I got told they are all individually matched with the base so I'd have to buy the whole lot.

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=tronix

Seems like a good idea badly implemented.
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Old 08 September 2007, 17:21   #18
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I am slightly curious as to why people buy these little aerials for ribs? (especially if they keep breaking)

My 1.8m Pacific whip aerials are coming upto their fifth year of enjoyment on the Pembrokeshire coast now, and they are still whipping around on the top of the a-frame just like they were on day one of installation with really good transmit and reception quality over bigger distances than the raiders.
I will admit that I thought the bases would only last a year or so, but somehow they are still fine now.

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Old 08 September 2007, 18:58   #19
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I am slightly curious as to why people buy these little aerials for ribs? (especially if they keep breaking)

My 1.8m Pacific whip aerials are coming upto their fifth year of enjoyment on the Pembrokeshire coast now, and they are still whipping around on the top of the a-frame just like they were on day one of installation with really good transmit and reception quality over bigger distances than the raiders.
I will admit that I thought the bases would only last a year or so, but somehow they are still fine now.

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Alex,

Seems you have the answer to us unhappy V Tronix owners that are looking for something different. Do you have a link ?

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Old 08 September 2007, 20:45   #20
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I am slightly curious as to why people buy these little aerials for ribs? (especially if they keep breaking)

My 1.8m Pacific whip aerials are coming upto their fifth year of enjoyment on the Pembrokeshire coast now, and they are still whipping around on the top of the a-frame just like they were on day one of installation with really good transmit and reception quality over bigger distances than the raiders.
I will admit that I thought the bases would only last a year or so, but somehow they are still fine now.

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Alex,

Seems like you have recomended an aerial for us unhappy V Tronix owners to look out.

Do you have a link to a seller ?

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