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Just selecting an antenna with the most dB (also known as gain) doesn't mean you get the best signal. As dB increases, the signal is more compressed like a focused flashlight. A compressed beam can cause the signal to fade in rough seas especially for smaller boats that tend to rock more.
Below demonstrates that while a smaller dB isn't as concentrated, it offers the most consistency in the area covered when a boat is rocking. A larger dB sends a further signal but is not efficient with high levels of boat movement.
Last time we checked, the earth is round. You want to exceed the curvature of the earth by getting your antenna as high as possible.
Taller antennas (over 8 feet) usually require 2 mounting points. A swiveling mount at the base and a stand-off bracket a few feet from the base. Shorter antennas (8 feet and under) usually only need to be mounted through their base. So pick a spot on your boat and an antenna length that get you as high as possible.
One of the most common questions boaters ask before selecting their antenna is, "how far will my antenna's signal go?" And the answer is: it depends. Communication is a two-way street so the distance doesn't just depend on your antenna but also on the one you're communicating with. To know the maximum distance in which the two antennas can communicate, consider the antenna length and height above water for both antennas.
Drown out the noise from other radios and the environment by having an efficient transmission system. An efficient transmitter improves the amount of signal and the amount of noise that another listener would hear from you. Would you pair a low quality speaker to a high quality stereo system? The same applies to your antenna.
The factors (within your control) that can improve the efficiency of your transmission are:
Shakespeares products range from Classic Antennas, which are your basic communication needs, to Phase III Antennas, premium performing antennas with high end deck hardware. With any boat type or communication needs, Shakespeare Antennas have you covered.