Err... okay, let me apologise in advance for raising such a contentious issue... wow, what a lot of knowledge out there.
For what it is worth, I think Kettlewell started me thinking in the right direction for our boat. The idea of a second radio, mounted with the arial in a different place to the first has particular merit for my situation. I stress, this is for my particular setup as I just happen to have a really tall array of aluminium and stainless steel
at the stern of the boat with the radar
, wind generator
, dingy davits
receiver and a couple of items which, quite frankly, I can not work out and probably are no longer connected. But in the cluster of "stuff" are a couple of arials that are now defunct thanks to the fact that I can't drive the radios attached to them (see previous posts about which radios to keep) or the radios in question are so old as to only be able to be used to talk to cavemen or enthusiasts. (apologies to those who still use such gear
, good hobby, but I can't bet my life that you will be listening when I need you.)
ANYWAY, in the interests of full redundancy, I really like the idea of putting a second VHF radio up in the dodger, with an arial on the Eiffel Tower monument at the stern so if the mast
gets blown away I can still share the experience with someone over the radio. The rear tower is totally independent of the mast
, so unless the mast falls backwards, it should remain upright and usefull to me.
Thank you all for your help in getting my thinking straight, and... er... good luck resolving the merits of the whole splitter thing. I am watching with interest, who'd have expected an in-depth electronics
debate on a sailing forum...? Well, clearly not me, but I am learning