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My VHF radio and masthead antenna regularly give me better transmission and reception than the cruising sailors around me.
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 The plastic cap is not vital to this antenna’s water resistance

The plastic cap is not vital to this antenna’s water resistance

Q:John Lewis, Cape Canaveral, FL

My VHF radio and masthead antenna regularly give me better transmission and reception than the cruising sailors around me. However, a recent inspection at the masthead revealed the white plastic cover for my VHF Metz antenna has disintegrated. Am I ready for an antenna failure?


 Gordon West is an electronics expert who specializes in radio communications

Gordon West is an electronics expert who specializes in radio communications

Gordon West Replies

Fear not! Metz and Shakespeare stainless steel masthead antennas have the inside shunt-fed coil encapsulated in epoxy. The protective cap is just for looks! Continue to enjoy the best VHF signal from your masthead antenna.

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