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madfinnhockey posted 02-27-2007 09:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for madfinnhockey   Send Email to madfinnhockey  
I have a Uniden handheld VHF that I hooked up a 8 ft antenna on my former boat, and I'd like to use the same radio with an external antenna on my Rage 15. What type antenna should be used and where is the recommended location?

Thanks

where2 posted 02-27-2007 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Mine came with a stainless whip VHF antenna mounted to a stainless ratchet mount on the side of the console opposite the door to the console. (yes, the 15_Rage).

Alternatively, I think I have seen them mounted to the port side of the boat (side toward the console door), in a similar manner as the fuel fill is mounted to the starboard side of the hull.

Alternatively, you could put the ratchet mount on the transom and the 8' whip would make it look like a giant remote controlled boat. (My 1970 Beetle with an 8' CB antenna on the rear bumper looked like a giant remote controlled car).

madfinnhockey posted 02-28-2007 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for madfinnhockey  Send Email to madfinnhockey     
thanks for the reply. I'd like to keep to a shorter antenna so it won't interfer with fishing, but I still want more range than the antenna on the handheld provides. I was thinking about putting a fold-down antenna holder on that stainless steel "loop" on the engine cover (think its really a grab bar for someone coming up the platform), but then the wire would have to flex each time i open/close the cover. Thanks again for the ideas

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