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buddabelly 02-04-2008 05:50 PM

AM FM Antenna
 
Whats everybody using for there AM FM antenna? Can you "Y" into the VHF antenna at the top of the mast? I have looked around at the other boats in the marina and I don't see any antenna's other than the VHF..?

Pictures are always good too.

Thanks

Freesail99 02-04-2008 05:58 PM

A simple car antenna layed on top of the fuel tanks works great.

btrayfors 02-04-2008 06:03 PM

No, don't mess with your VHF antenna atop the mast.

Shakespeare and others make AM/FM antennas for boats. West Marine, Boat U.S., and other marine stores carry them.

Bill

sailingdog 02-04-2008 06:45 PM

Bad idea. The VHF would probably fry the stereo when transmitting. :) 25 watts of power straight into the back of your radio is a bad idea. Shakespeare and many other companies make smalll AM/FM/TV antenna. I have mine mounted in the cabin.

chef2sail 02-04-2008 09:30 PM

I use a Shakespeare small wire contained in a tape like covering with a plug in into the back of the AM/FM set which can be hidden from view and sells at West Marine. It gets good reception.

www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/producte/10001/-[/url]


SHAKESPEARE ELECTRON
Antenna, AM/FM With Cable

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Attaches to glass, so there is no whip to snag
This innovative design lets you locate an AM/FM antenna where it won’t get in the way. The On-Glass antenna is a clear tape with embedded antenna elements. The permanent adhesive strip can be attached quickly and easily to your windshield or any smooth, non-metallic surface. Includes a 6' cable and attached Motorola-type plug.

Application: AM/FM
Frequency: 550-1600 kHz, 88-108 MHz
Lead: 6' RG-62 cable, Motorola plug

artbyjody 02-04-2008 09:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freesail99 (Post 260588)
A simple car antenna layed on top of the fuel tanks works great.

That is not exactly a wise idea... a car antenna (which I use as well) just lays near a window... placing it on TOP of a fuel tank is bad as it introduces static and actual electrical charges, and if that is enough incentive not to do this - in case of lightening ... well I wouldn't want to predict what happens...

Gas tanks should never be used as grounding / reception bases period...

uspirate 02-04-2008 09:39 PM

cheap fix from Sailnet store and 50% off:)(click)

Freesail99 02-04-2008 09:40 PM

Seems to me of late, people are stating information as fact, when many of these ideas are off the top of someones head.

artbyjody 02-04-2008 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uspirate (Post 260722)
cheap fix from Sailnet store and 50% off:)(click)


Sucking up are we :)

artbyjody 02-04-2008 09:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freesail99 (Post 260723)
Seems to me of late, people are stating information as fact, when many of these ideas are off the top of someones head.

If you look at ABYC documentation, and other technical info publically available - I am not exactly making this up....(just assuming I owe thanks to you for my tagline and you think I am trying to be AFOC when actually am not)...:D:D


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