Originally Posted by Biggles
Seems you have the answer to us unhappy V Tronix owners that are looking for something different. Do you have a link ?
I'm afraid I have no link available, although Pacific Aerials are here - http://www.pacificaerials.co.nz/
I got my two aerials from a local marine electronics company who mainly deal with commercial installations. I believe they have installed the aerials I have on my boat on both the local police rib, and fire brigade rib in the past.
It's important to note however that the base ratchet mount must be the flexible type, and not a stainless unit. This absorbs all the movement on the aerials since they are fibre-glass and will snap if they are subjected to the punishment a rib throws at them if they were hard fixed.
At the time, nearly 5 years ago, I bought these for around £35 each inc vat, I had the local dealer extend the wires as well so they went to the console without any plugs / sockets half way down.
I installed two aerials on the a-frame, since unlike most ribs I have a separate DSC unit. The initial idea was that these aerials would break, so I would always have a backup incase one went when it was needed most.
The significant advantage I find is that the extra height above an already high a-frame gives much better performance of vhf over larger areas.