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Old 19-04-2019, 16:02   #46
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

213 is the correct number.
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Old 19-04-2019, 17:30   #47
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

Thanks for all the info and opinions sailors, it's really helped me sort out a strategy as I complete this re fit. Once the mast is down I can decide if the top of the mast is an option, if not, I'll use the plate for my vhf and the tower for an AIS.
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Old 20-04-2019, 10:30   #48
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

I am coming in late in this discussion, but will offer some thoughts.

After several lightning strikes, I decided to take all electronics off the masthead, and placed the AIS whip, a 3 foot base loaded unit on top of the Radar Pole, and the VHF antenna, I use an 8' Fiberglass whip on a 16' fiberglass extension on the opposite stern. AIS base is 16' above Water line, VHF center is 26' above water line.

Range, AIS reception on open water for class A ships and ATONs exceeds 50 miles. Vessels receive my Class B transponder reliably at 15 miles.

VHF Rescue 21 activation and USCG communication, reliably at 60 miles in Gulf of Mexico. Ship to Ship reliably at 15 miles, greater for large vessels.

Angle of heel has a notable impact on VHF range, however, I noticed similar impact with the base loaded masthead antenna.

Also, glad to report, I have been struck by lightning since this installation and all electronics survived. I guess, I am happy to have working communications after the strike.
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Old 21-04-2019, 08:25   #49
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

Just when I thought I'd made up my mind..
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Old 21-04-2019, 10:48   #50
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

If you can afford it, this was my solution. One antenna at masthead, vhf at nav station.
One antenna on arch, vhf in cockpit. I like redundancy. Underway used cockpit radio, nav station when below.
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Old 21-04-2019, 17:39   #51
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Re: Removing antenna from mast, good move?

https://www.hodgesmarine.com/Product...2200B&CartID=1

This is the radio I was considerimg. It supports a second mic that'll reach the cockpit. I favor a handheld for a backup, for dinghy use and such..
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