Originally Posted by 9D280
I know you are talking about antenna on the console, but do you really want 25W of RF power blasting through your brain at such point blank range? Also if it's on the console, a good chunk of it's "view" will be obscured by you & your passengers, reducing its effectiveness. Putting it on a pole will also give it a few more feet altitude, giving much better range.
Ok before we all go running for the hills and stop using our radio's lets add some perspective here.
UHF and Cell Phones are far far more dangerous than marine VHF and to the best of my knowledge there are no reported case of anyone getting fried whilst using their marine radio. Also if you look at how often you actually transmit the danger is, if at all, very small.
As mentioned by getting the VHF antenna up on a frame or on pole it will increase your range But consol mounted antenna's do work well.
There seems to be some train of thought that you need to get the GPS antenna up high to, this is not the case. Many, me incluled, have the GPS antenna consol mounted and it works fine. There is no proof that they work better higher up so save yourself cable run and agro and flush mount on the consol.
IMHO an A Frame even on a smaller boat is a god send ans it gives you more place to stow bit in polly bottles etc. If they are frame mounted this then frees up the deck space etc.
Hope that helps.