Frequently Asked Questions
Shakespeare's team of experts compiled this handy list of some of the most commonly asked questions about marine antennas and marine communication. Choose a category to see the questions - the default display is VHF antennas. To see the answer to any question, just click the question.
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General Questions Phase III Series Antennas FAQ
Is it better to use a dedicated AM/FM antenna or a band separator?
What is antenna gain, and how is it measured?
Can I paint the antenna, and with what?
Can I repair the antenna if the fiberglass becomes frayed?
What is the transmission line loss for coax?
What antenna should I use with what radio?
A: It depends on your needs and the amount of space that is available to mount the antenna. Some considerations are: the height at which you can mount the antenna; whether you have to raise and lower it to fit under bridges, boathouses or other obstructions; and how far you need the transmitted signal to reach.
What is meant by DC ground?
Do I need a license from the FCC? If so, how do I get one?
What FCC license do I need?
Do I need a different FCC license for a base station?