Join Date: Feb 2011
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Re: VHF Antenna
Just a few thoughts :
It took me a while to trace the problem with my masthead antenna, but it eventually came down to the piece of coax between the mast base, and the radio. There's usually a connection at the mast base. Replaced everything between that and the radio, everything became fine.
My handheld is OK for talking to the coastguard because they have large antennas, high up, and excellent equipment.
Talking to other boats is a different matter. Even the masthead antenna is only just enough for talking to other sailboats over distances 5 to 10 miles.
It does strike me that a stern mounted antenna would make an excellent backup. If that backup gets used almost indefinitely, until the next time the mast is pulled, so be it!
Finally, if you do go for a stern mount, you still need a 3db sailboat antenna, not a higher gain power boat one, to handle the heel of a sailboat.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay