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Old 05-26-2010, 02:33 PM
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Like the title says, I'm seeking advise on a vhf antenna. The boat is a 20ft. CC with t-top. My usual trip keeps me in cell phone range, however once and a while I'll venture up to 20 miles off in search of fish. The radio will be the icom M304 or simular.

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I will advise you to install an eight foot antenna from Shakespere or Digital. Their better models will be stronger (physically) and last longer. No need to get the "best", but stay away from the cheapest ones. Get a stainless steel ratchet mount.
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Digital 529 or Shakespeare 5225 if you are going 8'. Can't go wrong with either one.
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Shakespeare 5225 xp not xt
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I got tired of the tips breaking off my antennas. This year I'm installing a Metz antenna (with a MET-306 adapter) on my s/s 1-14 antenna mount. Shakespeare also makes a 1-14 s/s antenna that screws directly on a standard mount. I'm only 5 miles fron the nearest CG station, and I dont chat with many guys, so I'm confident that I can get help I need it. The Metz adapter was very hard to find. I saw one of the Shakespeare s/s on a boat in my yard and I'll have a chat with him about how he likes it. I'm just sick and tired about replacing antennas every couple of years because the tip is busted. The Metz is a 3dB antenna. Shakespeare makes a bunch of stainless extensions to raise the antennas. YMMV!
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Default 2nd the Metz antenna

I have used metz for years and have one now on my 20 ft Grady White center console. It's easy to mount on top of the T-top and range is excellent. The Coast Guard uses them on their small Rigid Inflatables and Metz stands behind their product.

If you go for a 37 inch Stainless antenna, Metz is the one!
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
...... My usual trip keeps me in cell phone range,................
Who are you going to call on that cell phone? The Coast Guard? Your wife? 911?

If you're sinking or need help in a hurry, a mayday call on VHF channel 16 will be heard by any boat in the area that has it's radio on.

A cell phone is not a substitute for a marine VHF radio. Unless you're on a pond.
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Originally Posted by IKAT View Post
Shakespeare 5225 xp not xt
why xp instead of xt?
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I have a Shakespear 5400 4' mounted on my console rail. It works fine and is all I need on my 20' CC.. I can tilt it forward when the biminni is up and it still does the job. I don't see the need for an 8' unless you plan to run 10 miles or more offshore.
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Even 20 miles out a 4 foot antenna on top of your t-top will be plenty. It might also avoid snapping the antenna when you forget to lower it on the way home (ask me how I know!).

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