- 1 Will a VHF antenna work for FM radio?
- 2 Can you use a CB antenna for marine radio?
- 3 Does a marine radio need an antenna?
- 4 How long should my marine antenna be?
- 5 What should I look for in a marine VHF radio?
- 6 Can I use a digital TV antenna for FM radio?
- 7 What can I use for an FM radio antenna?
- 8 What is the difference between a CB antenna and a VHF antenna?
- 9 What is the difference between a CB antenna and a ham radio antenna?
- 10 Can I use the same antenna for CB and ham?
- 11 How do I choose a marine radio?
- 12 What is 3dB antenna?
- 13 Will a VHF work without an antenna?
Will a VHF antenna work for FM radio?
Marine VHF antennas can be used to receive two- way communications and weather band signals alike. Also, unlike AM or UHF, VHF can receive VHF TV stations and FM radio as well.
Can you use a CB antenna for marine radio?
You could try to use the CB antenna for VHF reception ONLY but its performance would be less that ideal. Also, if you want to set up a VHF base station, and be able to LEGALLY transmit, you need an FCC base station license ($$$). It doesn’t work the same as Citizen’s Band.
Does a marine radio need an antenna?
If it’s a lot, the receiving radio may experience a fading signal. For a powerboat under 24 feet or a sailboat, a 3 dB antenna is recommended. Usually a 6 dB antenna is recommended for boats over 24 feet and a 9 dB antenna is recommended for boats over 32 feet.
How long should my marine antenna be?
“As a general rule, antenna height should be less than half the length of the boat,” Catoe says. Higher-dB antennas generate greater effective radiated power, and that can translate into greater range.
What should I look for in a marine VHF radio?
Look for a waterproof radio or GPS rated to the IPX7 standard. Leave any touted as “water-resistant” on the shelf. The man-overboard implications of nonfloating marine electronics should be obvious. Waterproof is nice — so long as you only drop your handheld VHF or GPS in warm, clear, shallow water.
Can I use a digital TV antenna for FM radio?
Most digital television transmissions (including HDTV broadcasts) are in the UHF band (300 MHz to 3,000 MHz). But if it is a combined UHF/VHF antenna, with low-band VHF reception, then you should be able to receive the FM broadcasts.
What can I use for an FM radio antenna?
A dipole antenna is often an ideal solution for an antenna for receiving VHF FM broadcasts.
What is the difference between a CB antenna and a VHF antenna?
A CB antenna is tuned for an 11-meter band. For a VHF radio, on the other hand, it is a 2-meter band. The difference resides in the actual antenna condition sitting inside the plastic housing. Antennas are made to capture and transmit certain frequencies only.
What is the difference between a CB antenna and a ham radio antenna?
CB is capped at 4 watts of power by the FCC. Ham radio is capped at 1500 watts of power by the FCC. Ham radio is literally, potentially 375x more capable than CB. Now, if you run that much power, you are going to need a good dual battery setup and a high output alternator.
Can I use the same antenna for CB and ham?
Yes you can put a CB whip and a ham whip on the same vehicle as shown in the photo, and no, they won’t “cancel each other out.” Remember that hams can operate on many different bands, from 1.8 mHz to something like 2,300 mHz, and the antennas will vary all over the place as to length.
How do I choose a marine radio?
Here are the features you can choose from at your next marine radio installation.
- Fixed or handheld options. VHF radios are available in either fixed or handheld options.
- Water damage and corrosion protection.
- Range requirements and antenna length.
- Timely weather alerts.
- Consider DSC capability.
- Benefits of GPS.
- Final thought.
What is 3dB antenna?
A 2dB or 3dB gain antenna is the compromise in suburban and general settings. A 5dB gain antenna radiates more energy toward the horizon (compared to the 0, 2, and 3dB antennas) to reach radio communication sites that are further apart and less obstructed. Therefore, they are best used in flatlands and open areas.
Will a VHF work without an antenna?
You need an antenna. The vhf might barely work without it. You might receive some strong signals from the coast guard or a nearby ship, but you won’t be able to transmit more than a short distance without an antenna. If you want a cheap vhf, I would go with a handheld unit.