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Old 10 March 2018, 09:48   #1
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Which RIB Antenna

Hi guys.

Looking to replace the antennae on my RIB.
Any recomendations?

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Old 10 March 2018, 09:51   #2
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Old 10 March 2018, 09:55   #3
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Metz should be on your list. Replace coaxial and solder connectors too. The only thing I've found with the Metz is it needs height. Fine if you have A-frame. Metz Manta vhf antenna 34″, radio or AIS | Salty John
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Old 10 March 2018, 10:35   #4
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Thanks guys.

Are the V-Tronix Raider antenna any good?
Personal feeling is that they're a bit short?
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Thanks guys.

Are the V-Tronix Raider antenna any good?
Personal feeling is that they're a bit short?


Had one for years. Changed to a Metz far better all round.
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I used to use the small flexible style antenna, changed to a 1.2M shakespeare with a folding SS mount, much much better reception, tip - whatever antenna you get make sure you have decent cable and good quality connectors.
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FWIW I've found mine to be a bit inconsistent. I usually do my radio check in the Menai Strait off Caernarfon and some days I get "weak readable", some days "good readable". The Glomex which came with the boat didn't usually attract any comment about the quality of the signal.
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I think the signal for radio is weak in the straits and Caernarfon bar anyway, I was once told this by coastguard, I have also had mixed ‘readables’ in Menai straits on both boats so I wouldn’t read to much into your aerial Dan
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The Glomex which came with the boat didn't usually attract any comment about the quality of the signal.
Why did you swap out the Glomex, Dan?

Redbay will use Glomex VHF antennae unless otherwise instructed. I've had them over the past ten years and found the TX/RX to be good. I have seen failure of the adhesive where the GRP pole meets the base but a dab of sikaflex solved it. Had that given way at sea then the antenna would have been broken. I've know them break as a result of a major stuffing.

I've also used/had Raiders over a longer period. The comms are OK but I've not tested them side by side. I have Raiders on the willkcraft for non-VHF duty and noticed that they corrode after a few seasons. They're also not as flexible as they look - push them a bit and they snap!...
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Old 11 March 2018, 07:48   #10
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Thanks guys, keep the comments coming ��
Mentioned so far we have Metz, Raider, Shakespeare and Glomex.

Mine are 2 x Pacific Aerials and on a recent survey both were showing approx
3%-4% reflected. This could be due to the connections, the Coaxial or the antenna
themselves.
On inspection, there is some play between the GRP and the steel ferrule.
In any case both antenna are looking tired and could do with renewing.
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