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VHF Marine Radio Antenna

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by James Hebert, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. James Hebert

    James Hebert Guest

    I would like to use a light weight half-wave antenna,
    possibly something similar to a METZ which has a
    34-inch whip and matching coil base, and mount this
    atop a 4-foot extension on my 22-foot power boat.

    The problem with the METZ antenna is that it does not
    look like it will mount on the usual fiberglass extension
    mast, unless you use some sort of C-shaped adapter.

    Any suggestions for an antenna similar to the METZ which
    can mount atop a 4-foot extension and screw into the fitting
    on the extension?

    My interest in this arrangement is to permit the base of the
    antenna to be elevated at least four feet above the mount.
    Using a typical 8-foot antenna puts most of my signal
    right into my helm station, due to the location of the
    antenna mounting base. I'd rather not move the base, just
    elevate the antenna.

    The 4-foot extension plus 4-foot fiberglass antenna combination
    will probably be too heavy for the mount to handle, and that is
    why I am looking for something like the Metz--less weight aloft.
     
  2. Lynn Coffelt

    Lynn Coffelt Guest

    Any suggestions for an antenna similar to the METZ which
    I suppose it's still available, and I confess I didn't like it as well as
    the Metz, but a Shakespeare Style 5240-R VHF 3dB fits pretty much the scheme
    you are looking at. They seemed to work well enough, once in a while we
    found a "dud", so be sure and check the SWR after it's installed to be sure
    you didn't get a defective one. Never saw one go bad after installation
    unless it got physically "smashed".
    Old Chief Lynn
     
  3. James Hebert

    James Hebert Guest

    I suppose it's still available, and I confess I didn't like it as well as
    the Metz, but a Shakespeare Style 5240-R VHF 3dB fits pretty much the scheme
    you are looking at. They seemed to work well enough, once in a while we
    found a "dud", so be sure and check the SWR after it's installed to be sure
    you didn't get a defective one. Never saw one go bad after installation
    unless it got physically "smashed".
    Old Chief Lynn[/QUOTE]

    The Shakespeare 5240-R or the 5241-R (heavy duty version) were the only
    antennas I could find that fit my requirements, too. It sounds like
    they are the only ones available. Thanks.
     
  4. James Hebert

    James Hebert Guest

    Butch--My boat is also a Boston Whaler. The Metz will not mount
    directly on the standard extension mast. I called them and con-
    firmed that.
     
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