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Old 02-11-2023, 03:28 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
I am a big fan of having a 9db on board.

Despite a lot of naysayers, I had one on my own an several small commercial boats I ran and appreciated the extra dbs often. Practical experience is my guide.
I have 9 and 6. Under normal conditions, the 9 gives noticeably better range / performance. Under rough conditions, the 9 becomes broken/choppy on transmit so the 6 does a better job then. Considering that the dispersion pattern is wider on a 6 than a 9, that isn't surprising. To the extent that a VHF should transmit reliably under all conditions, the 6 may be a better choice, especially for smaller/less stable boats.
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