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Old 05-28-2003, 12:41 PM
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By way of introduction, I've been following the forums for about a month now as I've searched for a new (to me) boat. Great help in weeding out the selection. I'm now the proud owner of a 2000 Sea Pro 210 CC with 200 Suzuki power.

Now the question. My Sea Pro came with a VHF and T-Top mounted VHF antenna. I'm installing an am/fm/cd player and wondered if I can use an antenna splitter with the existing VHF antenna? Does the VHF antenna need to be a special type or will the splitter work with any VHF anatenna?

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Old 05-28-2003, 12:46 PM
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The splitte will work with any VHF antenna. And, it will work fine and not effect the VHF at all. The FM reception will be about the same maybe a little better with the VHF Ant. and splitter installed compared to the cheap wire type FM antenna that comes with most radio's.

There are two types of splitters, one is for a VHF ant. that is base loaded, the other is for a VHF ant. that is center loaded. Just pick the right model and your good to go.

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Old 05-28-2003, 12:58 PM
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I use the same splitter setup and it works well..
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Thanks much Birdman and Fatboy...... I really didn't want another antenna if I could avoid it.

Now if I can only find some sunshine here in the Northeast!!!!!
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Old 05-28-2003, 03:37 PM
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I was using the splitter - and took it out.

The favorite commercial free FM station used to break up terribly at the launch spot. I was doing some major modifications, in adding an overhead electronics box and moving the VHF and stereo out of the glovebox, and also upgraded from an 18 watt Jensen to an 180 watt JVC. I added an AM/FM Digital Antenna on a stainless rachet mount.

After the improvements, the same station was pulled in 30 miles offshore last weekend. If the quality of your music is important to you, you might look into the same arrangement.
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Old 05-28-2003, 03:44 PM
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The usual warning....

Your VHF is your safety lifeline...your stereo system is a nice to have. Putting something in the middle of your VHF antenna feed introduces a risk...if nothing else, two more points of corrosion. You don't want your VHF to not work when you need it.
If the splitter is a passive (non powered) splitter, there is a loss of signal strength...no matter what anyone tells you. If it is a powered splitter, then it can get hit with a power surge and has a circuit board that also can corrode. Any electronic item can fail..and adding an additional one that you don't need adds risk.

I use a wire antenna inside the cabin (concealed)...works just fine...and no risk on the VHF. It's your decision.
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Not a great fan of splitters and really separate antenna's is the safer way to go especially considering the main purpose of your VHF.

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Well......... The quality of my music is important and I don't want to risk my VHF range so I guess I still have some thinking to do.

Thanks to all who responded - that's what makes this a great forum.
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Old 05-29-2003, 07:52 AM
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Legalseagull,
First off, there is no loss whatsoever. If you study how it works(too long to explain here), you will find there is NO loss. However, you are introducing an extra connector in the line from your antenna to you VHF, that could cause a small loss measurable only by a osciliscope, and if we were flying a space craft to the moon, may actually be considered.

However, being we are not flying rockets anywhere, don't worry about it. Worse case, in an emergency, just disconnect the splitter and connect the antenna directly, it takes all of 7 seconds to unscrew it, and about another 4 seconds to screw it back in.

On the bright side, it is one less cluncky peice of hardware you need ot buy, mount, drill holes for, snake cable for..... (referring to installing a separate FM antenna).

By the way, I also use my splitter/VHF antenna for my TV receiver, works as good as the $200 TV antenna's from shakespear. AND, my VHF sounds exactly the same with and without the splitter in line.



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Old 05-29-2003, 08:50 AM
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"Worse case, in an emergency, just disconnect the splitter and connect the antenna directly, it takes all of 7 seconds to unscrew it, and about another 4 seconds to screw it back in."


I don't know about anyone else but in an emergency I'm not necessarily going to have the 11 seconds to be messing with my electronics conections. In an emergency they have got to work. Since people have a tendency to panic a bit in an emergency situation 11 seconds may be a dream. If I'm in trouble I want my emergency message out now. Right?

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Old 05-29-2003, 12:07 PM
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If your down to less than 11 seconds, I'd be worried about something other than my VHF!!

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Old 05-29-2003, 01:33 PM
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Try the small wire antenna first. It costs about $5 and it will probably do what you need it to.

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