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Old 09-23-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for a VHF antenna???

Just picked up a Standard Horizon GX1200W and I need a relatively cheap yet effective VHF antenna and mount. Looking for something that will give me good reception in and around Mobile bay as well a some offshore "15 - 20 miles" during the Red Snapper season. Need a antenna mount that will go clamp to 4 1/4 diameter tubing. Will a 4ft antenna be sufficient? Hoping to stay below a $100 dollars but please feel free to recommend anything outside of that price range if that amount is completely not doable. This is all on a 21ft bay boat - Thanks.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/TRAM-1610-HC-5-Ft-Marine-Antenna/dp/B000FCSWVW/ref=sr_1_10?s=marine&ie=UTF8&qid=1411518712&sr=1-10&keywords=vhf+antenna

This one has good reviews on amazon for the price. Your overall height while installed on your boats T-top is probably 14-16ft max you'd probably get that range on a good day, if not someone will relay..
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:42 PM   #3
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The 4 ft. would be great in and around Mobile Bay, but at 20 miles out, you would probably want the 8 ft. model. It will more than likely be a little over $100 though.
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VHF is essentially line of sight, so the taller the antenna the greater the range. Go with a stainless steel mount.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:19 PM   #5
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Well I don't have a T-Top so I was intending on mounting it on the support tube that runs up and around the backside of windshield on the center console. I'm thinking of drilling a hole in that support tube for wire routing since it goes down into the console. However finding a mount that will clamp onto the support tube that thick has been a chore. I may have to fabricate a bracket mount of my own to make it work.

Was looking at something like this http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-5250-Skinny-Marine-Antenna/dp/B0028MXIWA/ref=sr_1_9?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1411521318&sr=1-9&keywords=shakespeare+antenna
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:29 PM   #6
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Get a stainless whip and mount to the console rail. That's the next best thing to an 8' antenna which is that height due to the wavelength of the vhf radio wave. A whip basically acts like an 8' antenna.
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