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kevin2467
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USA
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Posted - 09/22/2015 :  10:29:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a 22' bay boat that currently has a 3' whip antenna. The range is horrible so I'm looking to upgrade to a 4' or 6' antenna mounted on a ratchet mount clamp (to rotate down when not in use).. Any suggestions on types brands, etc.? Another forum mentioned a digital antenna? thanks for your input.

Secret Formula
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USA
561 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2015 :  1:19:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The taller the better! Buy an 8' Shakespear and watch your range improve to at least 8 miles boat to boat, and maybe more depending on how high the other boats antenna is.

Fret Not, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!
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kevin2467
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USA
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Posted - 09/23/2015 :  1:31:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for the response....
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fishgill
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USA
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Posted - 09/23/2015 :  1:48:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Make sure you buy the matching base. If it is plastic thread use plastic base. If it alumni thread use aluminum base, same goes for stainless. Always use some Teflon tape on threads. You don't want any dissimilar metals touching. Causes corrosion and threads eat away.
Large the antenna the better the range. And don't skimp on a good soldering iron when putting the connector on.



go fish
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hookiemonster
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USA
1105 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2015 :  9:16:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin,the antenna to consider is a Shakespear 5101.Its about 8 foot long and can be mounted on a "laydown"mount. This mount used to be available in a chrome plated brass or a plastic(nylon probably) that is very tough.I've been out of touch with these products so I can't give you any specifics.
Your VHF radio talks line of site.Not very far boat to boat.Several miles depending on the boat you're talking with.The USCG has antenna sites that are 500 ft high and located around the area such as Venice,Grand Isle and Chalmett, to name a few. With this height range should be 25 miles give or take.I spoke to USCG base New Orleans from 20 miles out in the Gulf and I was happy to hear them as my "big motor" was broke and I was using a 10 HP kicker to return to Grand Isle.At that time I was servicing their radio equipment and asked them to talk to me from the N.O. site and Venice site. Both were loud and clear. You should be able to get the same coverage from your boat.
I suggest you look at Shakespear's webb site. Try a Google search for "Shakespear VHF Marine antenna 5101" They even have a tutorial for installing the "PL-259" connector.If your skills don't include soldering follow this site for help OR go to Tomba Communications in Metairie or Marrero and they can do it for you for a modest service charge,they can also check out your radio. There are other radio service companies also,I suggested them because I'm retired from Tomba some 14 years ago.
By the way,this antenna is available from Walmart ! of all places,mail order only. around $50. Possibly they have the mount also.
Kevin.I hope this is of some help. I'm on Rod N Reel every day,just post here on the forum and I'll get back to you.

Henry Bonck
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Secret Formula
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USA
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Posted - 09/23/2015 :  9:57:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin,
The Monster's advice is spot on. A 25 watt VHF radio is designed a a 20 mile "line of sight" radio communication system. I didn't go into detail but the curvature of the earth is 8 miles line of sight from the surface, thats why the taller the better. The antenna to but buy will be at least a 6db antenna, which basically realtes to how much resistance the antenna will put on the radio output. BTW Monster if you talk with Tommy, Tell him I said hello to "Tonto", he'll know who I am.

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kevin2467
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USA
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Posted - 09/25/2015 :  3:35:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Guys Thanks for the input!! I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback/information....
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