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Old 10-17-2006, 07:42 AM
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I am confused. I have a 27' CC with a VHF & single 8' Shakespeare whip. Why do I see so many CCs out there with dual 8' whips. Back up? Looks?

Also: do you use a splitter for your AM/FM? Or a seperate antenna?
Old 10-17-2006, 08:10 AM
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I have two 8' antennas. One for VHF and one for am/fm. I tried the splitter for a while but felt it was interfering with my VHF, removed it, and added an antenna. Allot of people run two VHF's as well.
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Go with a Digital brand antenna and get up to 30% better transmission and reception. I received a call from my buddy and he was at least 35 miles away. Sounded like he was at the next oil rig a couple of miles away. Jim at BOE Marine (THT Sponsor) has them and great prices and service. Doc of the Bay
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I run two 8' Digital VHF antennas with one wired directly to my primary VHF and the other attached to a VHF/AM/FM splitter for the backup VHF and the stereo. Haven't had any reception issues. Works well.
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I also have on 8' whip for my Loran-C.
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Dual VHF radios for me, but I'm going to be getting a Digital to replace a Shakespeare due to all the raving about them on THT.
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Friend's dad bought a boat and added a second antenna on the other side of the t-top for nice even looks...only has 1 vhf and no FM/AM. Weird if you ask me, but it's his money.
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2nd antenna could be secondary independent VHF, cell , stereo radio, dgps or , heck, maybe even CB.
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i run 2 radios one on 16 all the time the other on if i am talking to my buddies.keeps from having to change channels and backup as well
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I run 2 VHF's a ICOM 504/Shakespeare combo and a SH Phantom 1000/Digital combo. I likea backup. I've noticed no difference in the performance of eitherVHF connected to different brand antennas. The range at which I communicate is the same.

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Doc of the Bay nailed it! Go Digital
Made in the USA coupled with superior performance
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redneck7 - 10/18/2006 12:28 AM

Friend's dad bought a boat and added a second antenna on the other side of the t-top for nice even looks...only has 1 vhf and no FM/AM. Weird if you ask me, but it's his money.
Well, you gotta look good out there. My dad only has one outrigger on his boat, though I'm talking apples to oranges. Drives me nuts. It looks stupid and he won't listen. He says he don't need it because he likes to run only three lines. He's lost it. Guess what I'm getting him for Christmas...installed by me during a night op?

Whips for Loran, am/fm, vhf, a second vhf, hf etc. It's common to see more than one.
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Doc of the Bay - 10/17/2006 6:59 PM Go with a Digital brand antenna and get up to 30% better transmission and reception. I received a call from my buddy and he was at least 35 miles away. Sounded like he was at the next oil rig a couple of miles away. Jim at BOE Marine (THT Sponsor) has them and great prices and service. Doc of the Bay
I just bought one from Jim. You guys better be right about this.
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twotems - 10/30/2006 1:22 PM



Doc of the Bay - 10/17/2006 6:59 PM Go with a Digital brand antenna and get up to 30% better transmission and reception. I received a call from my buddy and he was at least 35 miles away. Sounded like he was at the next oil rig a couple of miles away. Jim at BOE Marine (THT Sponsor) has them and great prices and service. Doc of the Bay
I just bought one from Jim. You guys better be right about this.
good luck with that antenna, it will be a strong performer for you - just like the Galaxy line from shakespear. you will like the antenna but "will not" notice some magical "30% gain" in range though. its performance is on par with the XT and XP series Galaxy units. don't believe all the hype you read.
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Doc of the Bay - 10/17/2006 1:59 PM

Go with a Digital brand antenna and get up to 30% better transmission and reception.
Doc - Maybe I missed a thread where this was discussed, but where is this 30% coming from?

I currently have a Galaxy and Digital antenna on my boat and I see NO noticeable difference in transmission or reception.
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30% was an estimate on my results after switching out my Shakespeare to a Digital. But, my old antenna may have been performing at 20% below capacity. Sorry for any misleading this may have caused. Digital, my only choice! Doc of the Bay
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Second antenna=second chance to forget to lower it.
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twotems - 11/1/2006 12:22 AM



Doc of the Bay - 10/17/2006 6:59 PM Go with a Digital brand antenna and get up to 30% better transmission and reception. I received a call from my buddy and he was at least 35 miles away. Sounded like he was at the next oil rig a couple of miles away. Jim at BOE Marine (THT Sponsor) has them and great prices and service. Doc of the Bay
I just bought one from Jim. You guys better be right about this.
They’re right. I bought a Digital antenna and son of a b!tch if my hemorrhoids didn’t go away, all tooth decay is gone too, hair is growin’ everywhere over my bald head, the war in Iraq was won (by us), N Korea and Iran are giving up their nuclear programs, Jimmy Hoffa has been found…alive!, Elvis has resurrected, the Beatles are getting back together, and wouldn’t you know it, Clinton is telling the truth!

Yes, with a Digital antenna anything is possible…and so, so much more.
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I run 2 VHF's a ICOM 504/Shakespeare combo and a SH Phantom 1000/Digital combo. I like a backup. I've noticed no difference in the performance of either VHF connected to different brand antennas. The range at which I communicate is the same.
Oh my, how can that be possible? ;?
According to all the digital drumbeaters there is no comparison.
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Hey roger, Don't knock digital till you have tried it. Doc of the Bay

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