Mailport August 2012 Issue

Mailport: August 2012

VHF Antenna Test

Our 2007 VHF antenna test included (from left): the Shakespeare 5215, the Comrod AV53BI-3, the Digital 222-VW, the Shakespeare 5415, the Metz Manta 6, and the GAM SS-2. Not pictured is the foldable Shakespeare 5247.

In regard to your recent tests of mid-priced VHF radios (PS, July 2012): Why not take your top pick out in real time and compare how different antennas at varying price points affect its performance? I’d appreciate knowing which of the many antennas available provides the most bang for the buck!

David Shepherd

Avondale, R.I.

Hard Tail Charters,

We last evaluated VHF antennas in the February 2007 and March 2007 issues, and not much has changed since then. You’ll find the reports online at

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