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|Author||Topic: Marine Radio|
posted 04-07-2006 02:53 PM ET (US)
Give me suggestions for a VHF radio installation on a 1989 Montauk. I am planing on placing it on top of the center [console]. I already have a compass, GPS, and fish finder installed. I am also planing on mounting the antenna on the [starboard aft] rail. I will run the cable to the center [console] with all the other wiring and steering cable. Any suggestions you may all have, will be greatly appreciated!
|Casco Bay Outrage||
posted 04-07-2006 05:11 PM ET (US)
Consider a Standard Horizon "black box" type as discussed here.
If you don't use a bimini, consider a 3' whip mounted on the side rail of the console. Easier install. Do a search on this board and you can see dozens of install choices.
posted 04-07-2006 07:35 PM ET (US)
1. Check the antenna cable length. You need 20' to get to
the top of the console. 15' will get into the console but
not to the top. The Shake Galaxy antennas have 20' cables,
the less expensive ones 15'.
2. Keep the radio, esp. the speaker, away from the compass.
posted 04-07-2006 11:03 PM ET (US)
The usual advice applies to mounting a VHF radio in your boat:
--provide good 12-volt wiring to the radio from the battery. This will avoid inducing alternator whine in the radio from the charging circuit.;
In a small center console boat like a MONTAUK, you will probably have to mount the antenna on the gunwale. Position the antenna so that it an be laid down and stowed. This will be important if you trailer the boat or for getting the antenna out of the way when not need, such as when fishing.
posted 04-07-2006 11:04 PM ET (US)
You can read the advice from the Boston Whaler owner's manual:
posted 04-09-2006 03:04 PM ET (US)
That's about as succinctly as good marine VHF advice can be given.
The general recommendation is 3' between the compass and radio, but the speaker magnet in our Icom-402S didn't seem to cause significant deviation 18"-24" away.
I think Jim meant to say mount the antenna at least three feet from the radio to avoid feedback problems.
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