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Old 23 June 2012, 10:45   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good vhf anetnna that wont cost the earth and last more than 4 weeks?
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Old 23 June 2012, 10:53   #2
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Can anyone recommend a good vhf anetnna that wont cost the earth and last more than 4 weeks?
have you tried the vtroniX rib raider?

Vtronix Vtronix RIB Raider Antenna - Only 54.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

I've used one for a few seasons now, been ok upto now
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Old 23 June 2012, 12:44   #3
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Rib Raider ticks all your boxes - Won't cost the earth and won't last more than 4 weeks

The general consensus on here is that Chris's experience is the exception to the rule.

Don't be scared of fibreglass antennas of the 1-1.5m range, they seem to hold up surprisingly well
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Rib Raider ticks all your boxes - Won't cost the earth and won't last more than 4 weeks

The general consensus on here is that Chris's experience is the exception to the rule.

Don't be scared of fibreglass antennas of the 1-1.5m range, they seem to hold up surprisingly well
Only by some people. I have had a RR for some years and never had any problems!!

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Don't be scared of fibreglass antennas of the 1-1.5m range, they seem to hold up surprisingly well
We have Pacific aerials on the RIBs, they are New Zealand made..... The Pacific range have a standard (and robust) base which you can screw different antenna onto easily.... We use the short flexi ones (leave them on) http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....1&d=1328895932 and because we operate in some pretty remote /poor vhf areas also carry a large 1.5m fibreglass antenna (as per Matts recommendation) which is stowed under the sponson in one of the oar clips.... But tbh rarely have cause to use it.

In fact I just bought another two for the Atlantic from Ian Sharlot on here..... I think Ian bought up some stock as the main importer stopped dealing not sure if thats correct???..... Either way, worth dropping Ian a note as his prices are good....and with Pacific there are lots of options

For what its worth, I too have broken a Vtronix
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Only by some people. I have had a RR for some years and never had any problems!!

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I've had two Rib Raiders in ten years, replaced the first two years ago. Boat well used.
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i have a fibreglass one circa 1.3 m long very good send and recieve but the plastic base has cracked. it is currently held together with insulating tape and a cable tie. i would like similar with a metal base

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Old 23 June 2012, 16:19   #8
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Rib Raider ticks all your boxes - Won't cost the earth and won't last more than 4 weeks

The general consensus on here is that Chris's experience is the exception to the rule.

Don't be scared of fibreglass antennas of the 1-1.5m range, they seem to hold up surprisingly well
Agreed. Go for a full length, stainless steel or fibreglass antenna; the bigger the better. And pay attention to the quality of the coax it's supplied with. My boat was supplied with a Raider antenna; it didn't survive the Channel crossing.
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Dunno if this will help you or not. I went with an 8ft on my SIB. Bought a Shakespeare 5225 XP.

http://www.llelectronics.com/docs/aw...HFAntennas.pdf
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Pacific aerials are superb, Dan is correct in that there are UK supply problems at the moment though we are working on fixing that.

Also have a look at the Metz antenna, very high quality and performance.
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