Originally Posted by Searider
Had a Vtronix rib-raider aerial until someone stole the mast last weekend.
Unfortunately the design has been changed and the mast is no longer removeable. We remove the mast when the cover goes over the A frame.
Is there a suitable aerial that does have a removeable mast that I could use?
Or does anyone know where I can get an "obsolete" replacement mast.
The other option is to use a stubby antenna mounted on the console. Anyone have any experience with these?
What about a Glomex antenna with a ratchet mount - you could fold the antenna either 180 degrees or flat (depending on where it's mounted) when trailering or when cover goes on. Or, get a ratchet mount for the new raider.
I would imagine that a stubby mounted on the console would not have the best reception when someone is standing in front or behind it. VHF waves don't bend so there will be a potential black spot. I also personally would not like to be standing that close to an antenna when transmitting at 25W! I know mobiles have stubbys but they also have 1/5 of the power, maybe that's just me! Would also have an interesting effect on your compass
Generally, the longer then antenna, the narrower the transmission beam so long whip antennas are not ideal for bouncy ribs but glomex 1m antenna has approx same quoted gain as raider so should have similar transmission pattern. I know a lot of people prefer the glomex over the raider but I can't comment on that (still on original raider - want to swap?