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Hi all, I'm researching TV antennas. At the Annapolis boatshow a couple weeks ago I saw something similar to the noatenna (hoop) but cannot find it on the web. It was a similar design but intended to be mounted on the masthead not hoisted. any help would be appreciated........joe
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Search for the Boatenna. I have one it works well. They have a sail and power version.

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I never intended this application, but I found a shakespear VHF antenna in the marina I am at on an abandoned mast. I had my mast down and found the antenna I had was no longer good.

So I took the Shakespear to work and put it on the network analyser...
It looked like it was good in the VHF band so I decided to use it. But I also noticed that it seemed to be good in much of the TV band.

It wasn't till later that my wife, who absolutely needs her pacifier TV, brought her laptop TV setup onto my boat. We were using a radioshack loop thing.

I got the idea to try out the masthead VHF antenna with her TV.
Works great! With the height, it's much better than the radio shack one sitting on the cabintop.

I don't remember the exact model, but if you look up shakespear antennas, it's the stubby body one. I believe it's made for sailboats as the pattern in the horizontal is not as sharp and if you heel, you still get a significant pattern on the horizontal.

You will need some type of adaptor to go from whatever is at the end of your masthead antenna to a female (jack) F-type connector. Same as CATV uses in your house.

On the end of my cable, I have a UHF male (plug) style connector.

(yes, its 50-75 ohms, but it still works much better than the loop.)

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This is the only place I could find an F female to UHF male adapter in one piece. Otherwise you may have to use several adapters.

http://www.alliedelec.com/Search/Pro...71D39804E1E17F
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At the Annapolis boatshow a couple weeks ago I saw something similar to the noatenna (hoop) but cannot find it on the web. It was a similar design but intended to be mounted on the masthead not hoisted.
This was the SeaTV which is nowhere to be found on the internet, yet. The company displaying it was The Nautical Fishwife: www.nauticalfishwife.com

But it is not even on their website. Might query them by email (address on website).
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At the Annapolis boatshow a couple weeks ago I saw something similar to the noatenna (hoop)... intended to be mounted on the masthead not hoisted.
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This was the SeaTV which is nowhere to be found on the internet, yet. The company displaying it was The Nautical Fishwife: www.nauticalfishwife.com.
This antenna can be seen at the bottom of an ad in the October Cruising World. Page 222 lower left.
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