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Old 05-23-2005
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VHF/UHF Ham Radio aboard

There''s lots of info for HF radio aboard a sailboat, but none I can find for ham VHF/UHF (2m/440MHz) while coastal sailing. I was hoping I could find a tri-band mast mount antenna (one that supports Marine (156.025–157.425 MHz), amateur 2m (144-148 MHz), and optionally the 430-450 MHz band.

I was hoping to avoid a second antenna, especially one mounted on the rail...

Any ideas?
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VHF/UHF Ham Radio aboard

I use the std Marine VHF, it works fine in the 2 Meter Spectrum. So the SWR isn''t perfect, it isn''t on an antena tuned for 2 Meter either unless you are right in the middle. I experimented with both and found the Marine VFH to work fine. You are typically going to a repeater, not the direct distance. An antenna switch and you can avoid the dual antena.

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I Feel The 2 Meter Ham Could Be Very Usefull On A Coastal Trip As The Extra Rg. You Get On Xmit Hitting Repeaters 75 Miles Away Gives A Measure Of Safty Over Vhf And Its 30 Mile Rg. Forget Uhf No One Home. I Would Go With The Best 2 Meter Antenna I Could Find And Put It High Same As Tranciever Get The Most Powerful One Could Save Your Life At Least Meet New Friends Along The Way Capt Stu Kb4kph Chesapeake Bay
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