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Old 01-11-2017, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default VHF antenna for dinghy

I am looking for a small VHF antenna for my dinghy. hopefully something that would attach directly to the (PL 259) connector on the back of the VHF. The dinghy is a small RIB and doesn't offer a spot to mount a conventional antenna. Radio range is not a big issue, usually less that 2 miles, so I am hoping a small (12 inch??) rubber type whip is available somewhere.
I would appreciate any suggestions, or experiences on this issue, thanks.
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They do make rubber duck antennas for VHF, here is one example.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...tenna--8712929

Why not just use a hand held VHF in the dinghy ?

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They do make rubber duck antennas for VHF, here is one example.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...tenna--8712929

Why not just use a hand held VHF in the dinghy ?

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Thanks for the reference, I am actually replacing the handheld with a fixed VHF, as I am tired of chasing the radio around the floor I love the handheld, but I just think a fixed unit will be more convenient.
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The linked rubber ducky appears to be for a handheld but ...if... it can connect to the fixed mount VHF you would need a right angle connector:
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...FUxMDQodbtoEhQ

If the threads are not compatible you might do better to use a "Stowaway"
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...8?recordNum=21

...or perhaps something like: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...7?recordNum=26 , with a short cable with PL -259's. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/shake...Shopping_PLAs- _-3757747&adpos=1o3&creative=108421556524&device=c&m atchtype=&network=g&gclid=CJGzw-6Vu9ECFY5WDQodfeIOLQ ?

Note : I think it is generally recommended to keep antennas about > 3' away from fixed 25 W VHF transmitters.
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short range in a dinghy?...handheld not good enough?
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short range in a dinghy?...handheld not good enough?
Have a handheld, but just find it awkward in a RIB. May resort to still using it, but have a spare VHF that might work better.
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