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Choosing a Marine Radio Antenna

Does your boat have an VHF Radio & AIS Antenna?
It may not be required by the Coast Guard, but common sense suggests that you might want one.
In case of an emergency, you'll be very glad there's a good quality radio antenna aboard!

The different types of marine radio antennas

VHF radio operates on a lower frequency than AIS radio.
Although a single antenna will work for both, it will be great for one frequency and not so good for the other.
If you want both types of radio, you might want a multi-purpose antenna that combines them equally in a single antenna.

    The best VHF Radio & AIS Antennas & where to put them
  • Even the most expensive, full-featured radio is only as good as the antenna that's connected to it.
  • The best antennas use durable stainless-steel ferrules and efficient chromed brass or copper elements. Rugged stainless-steel whip-style antennas are popular among owners of small powerboats because they're so rugged.
  • Since they're generally mounted on the bow, Marine Radio Antennas need that ruggedness! These short antennas are also popular for mounting on the mastheads of sailboats.
  • The higher you place the antenna on the boat, the greater the range of your radio. Just like you can see farther from the top of a mountain than from its base, your antenna can send and receive signals farther when it's higher up.
    Now that you've got an antenna...
  • Marine Radio Antennas need a supporting cast of accessories. These include a mount, coax cable, and various connectors. You may also need an extension mast to clear an obstruction or get the best signal.

Whether you're looking for an accessory, a VHF Radio or AIS Antennas, or an entire marine radio system, Defender has what you need!
Contact us and experience our outstanding customer service for yourself.
Next time you're on the water, you'll be glad you did!