1977 CS27 ~ Ravat
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ontario, NY (PYC)
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AM FM Hidden In-Cabin Antenna
I just installed a sweet little Fusion MS-RA200 stereo head in my CS27's main cabin. I installed one of those cheap pieces of wire that has an antenna bayonet on one end. I would consider the reception to be "OK", but not great. AM seems worse than FM. It also seems very sensitive to orientation and placement, neither of which is easy to control behind the panel.
I have a few requirements for the antenna, which I recognize may not be optimal for anyone else, but here they are:
- I don't want anything mounted (suction cup/sticky) on the cabin ports.
- I don't want to pierce the deck or bulkhead for this.
- I'm not interested in a VHF splitter.
- No additional mast antenna - this has to happen in the cabin.
- Must be possible to hide behind panels.
Seems to me it should be possible to get good reception under these conditions because I've had portable radios in the boat with telescoping antennas which worked fine. I'm ok with making something, or buying something.
Are there any recommendations on antenna orientation (does horizontal/vertical matter for AM/FM?), length, cabling from stereo to antenna, etc? There has to be a HAM expert out there who knows how to make a good antenna work in the cabin...
Thanks in advance,
CS27 #1254 ~ Ravat
PYC, Lake Ontario
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