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Old 16 January 2015, 16:42   #11
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We have a metz aerial from Salty John and its been brilliant, both transmit and receive. Whip can be removed in about 10 seconds with a 10mm spanner if your putting a cover on.
+1 for Metz.
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Old 16 January 2015, 16:46   #12
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+1 Metz. Much better than the rib raider. Just unscrew from its plug/base to put the boat cover on.
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Old 16 January 2015, 17:56   #13
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Old 16 January 2015, 18:50   #14
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I went for the 8 foot antenna that produced the longest range. (If rough water is the norm, there is a blurb at the end stating their thoughts on the best antenna.)

http://www.llelectronics.com/docs/aw...HFAntennas.pdf
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Old 16 January 2015, 19:07   #15
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This is what I went for, a Shakespeare "Lift n Lay" antenna that have a really neat built in folding mechanism. Much neater than a folding bracket set up.
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Old 17 January 2015, 04:47   #16
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I've had all sorts of antennas over the years, vtronix ( not as good as they used to be) The ribraider is a waste of space. Glomex are ok, my next boat will have Metz. Just as important is coax & quality of connections.


.....sh1t happens.......
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Old 17 January 2015, 11:35   #17
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Pacific make ideal rib aerials. Unfortunately no one imports them anymore.
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Old 17 January 2015, 12:10   #18
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I went with an Alpha One. Seems ok, looks like good solid build quality but time will tell.
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Old 17 January 2015, 12:41   #19
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And heres me still banging out on my 10 year old Rib raider no wonder I dont get any replies!!
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Old 17 January 2015, 14:56   #20
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Agreeing with most previous....

Ribraider.... Best avoided IMO (sorry Jambo
Pacific..... Great if you get them (non being imported), and my choice if you could get one, esp. Like the 400mm flexi ones (can also screw different masts on to common base)
Given the above.... I'd go Metz. In fact, had excellent service from salty john this week in replacing the lost (our fault) whip off a Metz (only 15 delivered).... Great to be able to replace components
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