OFFSHORE questions & answer section for depths 30 feet and out. FAQ's



  • M4RealM4Real Posts: 121 Officer
    Thanks for the responses everyone. Do I have to have an 8' long antenna? Would a 46" be sufficient? I have a bimini top so an 8 footer would be cumbersome at times.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,059 Captain
    You can use a shorter antenna as long as you mount it high. Sailboats typically use 3' stainless steel whips mounted on their masts. These are only 3 decibel gain antennas vs 6 decibel gain for standard 8' fiberglass antennas. The gain has to do with the antennas ability to focus the transmitted signal down toward the horizon rather than 360 degrees.

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