I bought an Icom VHF/DSC radio at the boat show this week which will be linked to my Garmin plotter but need some advice regards an antenna. My rib has never had one fitted.
I have trawled the threads/posts on Ribnet relevant to this subject and while there is plenty of advice and tips, a lot of the information seems to be based on preference and opinion.
So my question is:
Are there a number of excellent reliable antenna's to choose from with equal good performance?
Ive been looking at Saltys 'Metz' and the V-Tronix rib raider.
Also ideally I will mount the chosen antenna on the horizontal plate on top of the A-Frame for maximum transmission, but this raises the question of fitting the boat cover. Ive seen and read posts of ribbers mounting the antenna on the side of the A-Frame.
Does anybody have personal experience of reduced reception with this set-up?