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Old 10-23-2012
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Re: VHF Antenna

Almost all new VHF have DISC and many now are equipped with AIS. These both are safety measures. Not using the highest point is probably the best place to put it as well as the best and lowest resistance coax you can use.

I once had a 5 ft Shakespeare mounted off the stern of my boat....distance at best was 10 miles. Same coax and VHF now mounted top the top of the mast distance is at least 22 sometimes 30 depending on atmospheric conditions.

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