Originally Posted by Biggles
I should imagine the normal ones do provide better RX/TX but on top of an A frame they get so much whip on a RIB that they don't last too long. Therefore the RIB Raider ones are a compromise to provide the same emmisions in a small package. They should last the effects of being whipped around. But plenty of us have still lost these. Just make sure yours is properley secured to its base, I mean the steel antenna in to the base. (Its got a small plastic nut you can tighten up) because you can't get the antenna bit on its own and its £40 plus to get a new one.
I think I'm slowly filling the Solent up with bits that have fallen off my boats or just got lost overboard
Don't worry I have the "bit of fishing line round the top" tip filed away before I go out
Just waiting for the new flotation suit to arrive for a bit of thermal insulation before I go out again...
I've got 1/4 wave 2m (145MHZ) antennas that are shorter than the Raider and don't have a coil in the base so it must be just down to design rather than necessity I think.