I bought my current boat
last Aug and it has too many antennas on the top of the mast
. The prior owner didn't know what they were all for either. There's a spare whip that looks just like a VHF
whip. The cable at the mast
step has no clear label, just a letter to match the cable it connects to in the hull
. Today I finally chased the cable to a dead end behind the nav console and found it labeled there as "DSC Antenna". It has a connector just like VHF
, but it's a skinny cable more like a TV coax, not a fat VHF cable. I couldn't find a marking on it but will look harder next time.
start out way back when with a dedicated antenna
and I have a remnant? More importantly did I just get lucky and I can use this mount and cable to put a dedicated AIS antenna
up there instead?
While on the subject the mast also has a short fiberglass
old cell antenna. This one was labeled clearly and I found the same dead end behind the nav station. This cable seems identical to a at VHF cable, with same connectors. Maybe this cable can be used for AIS
So in reality I have two unused antennas and cables
in the mast at the moment. I'd be thrilled if one could be converted to AIS, leaving one spare. Any chance the spare will be useful for a sat phone
antenna some day? I don't know how they are cabled.
Nice to have choices - I hope one works. As we all know it's unusual to find a positive surprise out of old gear
Make my day?