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    Default VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    All our previous boats have had a Radio/CD player fitted when we purchased them. The current one does not, something I am attending to this season. I have purchased a suitable unit and speakers, sussed out the placement and wireing requirements but am unsure about an Aerial splitter. They seem to vary in price from 50 quid to 3 quid!

    Advice, reccomendations, pro's, cons please?

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Have you tried a simple indoor aerial inside the boat? Your VHF is an important piece of safety equipment and I would be wary about putting anything in the signal path if I didn't know exactly what was inside it.

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by bedouin View Post
    Have you tried a simple indoor aerial inside the boat? Your VHF is an important piece of safety equipment and I would be wary about putting anything in the signal path if I didn't know exactly what was inside it.
    No-as the OP says, It is yet to be fitted.

    All my last 3 yachts have had a splitter, no problems with transmit/reception on VHF on those, over a 12 year period.

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Might you be installing an AIS unit in the future? If so you might consider buying an active splitter which is certified to work with AIS.

    Richard

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    My radio aerial is a piece of insulated wire wound in a spiral on the cabin deckhead.

    This was a design offered by a GCHQ (Hong Kong) engineer. Worked for him, works for me.

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    Might you be installing an AIS unit in the future? If so you might consider buying an active splitter which is certified to work with AIS.

    Richard
    AIS already incorporated into the Raymarine E 120 suite of instruments.

    Just no sound system for first mate to get into her Delta Blues..............................

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by rotrax View Post
    All our previous boats have had a Radio/CD player fitted when we purchased them. The current one does not, something I am attending to this season. I have purchased a suitable unit and speakers, sussed out the placement and wireing requirements but am unsure about an Aerial splitter. They seem to vary in price from 50 quid to 3 quid!

    Advice, reccomendations, pro's, cons please?
    I hope you bought a DAB radio. If so then you will find that DAB aerials available to simply stick on the inside of a window, I think I paid about £12. Fairly unobtrusive, and provide a much better sound quality than an FM radio signal without the need for any splitters. I did this last year, fantastic radio quality, unfortunately forgot to check that it had a CD player!
    Andrew

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by Rafiki View Post
    I hope you bought a DAB radio.
    Are you being serious? DAB is rubbish anywhere out of a major city!
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Are you being serious? DAB is rubbish anywhere out of a major city!
    Certainly not my experience !
    Andrew

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    Default Re: VHF/FM/AM Aerial Splitter

    I use a Pacific Aerials splitter, so far without issue. It doesn’t seem to have affected the AIS transceiver as far as I can tell.

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