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Looking for VHF base marine-band antenna

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Jun 3, 2007
Hello, I'm so used to scanning antennas that I'm not exactly sure about this one. My parents have a house on a bay and they want a marine radio in the house so that they can have contact with whomever is out on the boat and listen to incoming boats, etc. I'm trying to find them a sweet antenna for transmitting and receiving. Here are the things I'm looking for..

Height: mounted on a 2 story house, can have a mast several feet high
Surrounding land: on water, trees about the height of the house nearby
Other antennas: a tv antenna on the roof
Size: any realistic size
Price: willing to pay up to a couple hundred, however, around 100 would be best
Band: 156 to 174 transmit/receive
Wattage: 25 watts or higher
Durability: Able to withstand high winds, however, doesn't need to be specifically a marine antenna
Gain: As much as I can get, since it will be land mounted, therefore no roll or pitch of a boat to interfere.

On the expensive range, ive been looking at this http://www.grove-ent.com/ANT17.html

on a cheaper range, ive been looking at this http://www.grove-ent.com/ANT10MBS.html

are there other antennas that would be good for this?

i know there are some antenna experts around these threads and id really appreciate your help. i hope ive given adequate info.


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Dec 26, 2004
A marine radio installed on land will require a FCC license; regardless of who you are planning to communicate with, including pleasure boat users.


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Mar 22, 2005
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
All things considered, if they want to listen to boat traffic you already know how to do that. When it comes to communicating with the boat out on the bay, that's what a cell phone is for.
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