If you find yourself in an emergency situation your VHF radio could be your salvation. However, its range will be restricted by the height of your antenna and your antenna could fail. An emergency VHF antenna will provide both valuable back-up and peace of mind.
VHF radios, whether they are hand held or fixed, have ranges limited by the height of the antenna. This is because VHF radio waves cannot bend around the curvature of the earth. The transmitting and receiving antennas must be able to see each other and so communication is lost when an antenna is below the horizon. The best way to increase your range is to raise your antenna. Even a minimal increase in height can dramatically improve your range. For instance, when using a hand held radio, merely standing up can double your range.
Emergency VHF antennas are useful for broadcasting a distress signal further than usual or if your main antenna has failed. You will be able to broadcast your location and call for help. VHF antennas work best on a frequency of 156-162MHz and are compulsory in some races.
The Banten 1.0 Metre Emerge VHF antenna can be used for transmitting quickly as it features straps that will fit any rail. This 156.8MHz antenna extends to one metre but can be stored away easily in a flare pack, flare polybottle or in the bulkhead.
The V Tronix Shorelink Emergency VHF Antenna can be set up in an instant and is supplied with 6m of miniature cable and a sealed container. It is extremely compact and can be stored in your flare pack or in any bulkhead.
An Emergency VHF Antenna is a must have accessory that no marine enthusiast should be without. The exceptional models in the Pirates Cave range are offered at reduced prices and would make excellent additions to your safety equipment.