What You Should Know About Operating in the VHF and UHF Amateur Radio Bands

Amateur or ham radio operations as we know it today has existed since the early 20th century. Operators use this radio frequency spectrum for non-professional activities such as messaging, experimentation, emergency communications, and more. People who use Ham Radio VHF and UHF bands are referred to as weak signal operators. Here’s what you should know…

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What Is an AIS System?

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Whether new to navigating waters or experienced but ready to outfit a boat with the best communication systems, it’s important to understand what an AIS antenna is and how it works. These systems are essential when trying to navigate busy waters. About AIS Systems Although not required unless a vessel is more than 300 tons,…

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Navigating Your Boat Better With AIS

AIS stands for automated identity system and it represents a major step forward when it comes to marine navigation. An AIS transmitter unit continuously conveys your speed, course, and identity as you sail. Similarly, an AIS receiver allows you to track another craft’s speed and course when it’s transmitting in the VHF range. In the…

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Marine Electronics Essential for Safe Navigation

People who love riding the waves know how important safety is. The advent of many types of marine electronics has made it easier than ever to make every excursion as safe as possible. Boats outfitted with electronics are better able to plot a course and stay on the right path while also ensuring that the…

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How Marine Electronics Can Prevent a “Gilligan’s Island” Situation

If you remember the premise (or at least the theme song) of the old TV sitcom, “Gilligan’s Island,” you’ll remember that a group of vacationers ended up marooned on an island after getting lost at sea. While that was a fictional series set in the 1960s, the need for safety when boating is as important…

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Essential Marine Electronics for Work and Play

Marine electronics have become an essential tool for any type of vessel, whether starting a fishing business or tooling around the water for fun. While some are vital for safety, there are many new options available to give your boat some personalization. Safety Musts Regardless of the reason you are going out to sea, every…

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VHF vs. AIS Antennas: What’s the Difference?

An antenna is an antenna is an antenna, right? Not necessarily. If you’re an avid boater, you likely (and hopefully) utilize a VHF — or “very high frequency” — radio. Typically, VHF radios utilize a single, VHF antenna. However, more boaters are finding that Automatic Identification System antennas are an increasingly helpful tool for navigating…

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Understanding Marine VHF Antennae Range and Clarity

Antennae are important to boaters, but locating the right VHF antenna for your boat can be difficult if you don’t understand what you are looking for. Whether you are out on a fishing expedition or taking a pleasure cruise, you want the best communication available on your boat to prevent you from being stranded on…

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Should You Replace Your VHF Antenna?

If you want your craft’s VHF radio system to work correctly, have a great range and last, it’s important to have a high-quality VHF antenna. The last thing you want is to be stranded on open water with a VHF system that isn’t working properly. You can have the absolute best marine radio, but it…

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Title: Selecting the Right VHF Antenna for Your Boat

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When shopping for your boat’s new VHF antenna, do you know what to look for? There are different heights, multiple colors, fancy names, and differing circumferences. However, they are basically the same when you tear them apart. That doesn’t mean you should purchase the first antenna you come across because the antennae do transmit differently…

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