Features March 2007 Issue

Marine VHF Antenna Test

Reach out and touch someone: Testers get the scoop on deck-mounted 6-dB and 9-dB marine VHF antennas. They’re big. They have great range, and they’re great as a backup to your mast-mounted VHF antenna.

For this test of 8-foot and 16-foot fiberglass pole antennas, Practical Sailor contacted the three most popular manufacturers of marine recreational VHF antennas—Comrod, Digital Antenna, and Shakespeare—and requested their participation in our at-sea evaluation. While the distance test produced some interesting numbers (like 23 miles of range for a deck-mounted VHF antenna), a hacksaw revealed some of the most telling details. Digital and Comrod score high for durability, while Shakespeare’s antennas offer good performance at a good price.

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