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Re: Short VHF antenna recommendation?
I also have that same backup antenna, but haven't tried it out. I really should.
While being up higher is better, reception should be fine at 10nm max. It will still transmit better than a handheld, as mounted units can typically put out 25 watts, while handhelds typically 5 watts.
A cell phone for emergency at 10nm, however, seems beyond range. I get pretty excited if I get a signal 5 or 6 nm off shore. 10 nm can happen, but that wouldn't be my emergency plan.
One theory for that wire heading aft would be that it was for an SSB antenna on your backstay. Do you have insulators on your backstay? I'm not electronics guy, but I wonder if you could use a backstay antenna for VHF and splice back in what was cut out. I suspect you could. Someone here will know, several HAMs around.
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