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Old 12 January 2014, 12:38   #11
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So we drove down from the hills in derbyshire .
Whereabouts in Derbyshire?
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Old 12 January 2014, 12:42   #12
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Very highly recommended and a really helpful chap to buy from at a good price:
Honestly, would not bother with anything else; difference when I replaced my Rib Raider was incredible. I also use one of these for my AIS base station too - again very good.
Salty John: Metz Manta Marine VHF Antenna plus Metz AIS antenna and other fine boat and yacht chandlery products.
+ 1 for the Metz Manta.
The only caveat I'd add is that a stainless whip on the A-frame will make the overall height higher - you may need to take the antenna wire (the long stainless bit, not the cable going to the radio) out of it's base if you keep the rib in a garage. Having said that, it is easy to remove, and it's what we used on Baby Blue for the Round Ireland cruise last year and it survived the beating it got whilst many of the RIb Raider antennas did not.
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Old 12 January 2014, 13:26   #13
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Whereabouts in Derbyshire?
Belper if your not from derbyshire fairly near Matlock
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Old 12 January 2014, 13:45   #14
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Force 4 chandlery are pretty good for prices & delivery. Had 2 fibreglass ones that snapped on previous boats & present boat, just use stainless whip aerials now!
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Old 12 January 2014, 13:57   #15
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MARINE VHF Radio Whip Antenna with cable / Masthead VHF antenna NEW | eBay
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Old 12 January 2014, 14:00   #16
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What have you used in the past and what made you go for this
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Old 12 January 2014, 14:04   #17
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Those work pretty well too (I have one on the same A frame as the Metz for AIS) - if you want a cheaper option to the Metz I'd go for that... just a bit longer than the Metz which may not be an issue.

I just think the Metz is worth the extra and Salty John has a good range of supporting connectors and tape - and I just like supporting him too :o)
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Old 12 January 2014, 14:16   #18
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Those work pretty well too (I have one on the same A frame as the Metz for AIS) - if you want a cheaper option to the Metz I'd go for that... just a bit longer than the Metz which may not be an issue. I just think the Metz is worth the extra and Salty John has a good range of supporting connectors and tape - and I just like supporting him too :o)
It's not always just the price . So I think I might go with salty john .
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I've had three raider ones - two broke out on the water and the third was my fault - forgot to take it down!
I've also had an original ss whip which lasted twice as long as the raiders - before I did that one in too!
I considered the fiberglass but just thought the whip was originally so good that I would return to it. This one is quite long as well.
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Old 12 January 2014, 14:24   #20
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I'm really restricted in height, are the whips easy to take on an off or would I be better with something like this - MARINE VHF Radio Stubby Antenna for RIB / FISHING BOAT or Emergency. NEW | eBay

The other option would be to mount on the A from vertical so that the top is at the correct height but earlier conversations seem to lead towards this not being best practice as the A frame will mask the signal.

Inshore use only and carrying handheld as well.
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