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Old 10-16-2006, 10:06 AM
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Is there a big difference in reception between the small 3' aluminum and 8' fiberglass antennas? My boat came with the little 3 footer and I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to replace it with a 8'.
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8 footer is definitely better!!!

Up until last year, I had always used Shakespeare's 3 foot SS whip, model 5240. A great antenna BTW.

I got tired of not hearing folks that my buddy Hook could hear and talk to with his 8 foot antenna while we were side by side.

I decided to go with the 8 foot Digital model 529. It made a huge difference at the lakes where we striper fish.
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It depends on where you're taking your boat. If you're boating, let's say on a lake, and will never take the boat offshore, then you probably won't see much of a difference. If you're venturing offshore, get the largest (at least 6 db gain) antenna that you can find, and mount it as high as possible... It's a fairly cheap upgrade, and you will see a big difference in that case...
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Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River around Philly, so it is more for the Bay and hearing what other fisherman might be hitting.
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Three most critical elements on boats that are overlooked: proper prop, large enough bilge pump and quality VHF antenna. A 6db glass antenna is a must, if youspend over $75.00, you are getting a quality antenna. Plan about $100-125. Digital antennas are excellent, so are the higher end Shakespeare Galaxy and Glassmaster.
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I have the 4 footer on my 22 foot walkaround and thought about switching it to the 8 footer. Is it worth it and how difficult is it to switch them?

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I installed a 3-foot antenna atop a 4-foot extension. The results have been excellent. See:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/ref...HFAntenna.html

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