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Old 02-19-2023, 03:37 PM   #20
City: Chelmsford
Vessel Name: Dajinka
Vessel Model: Bayliner 3270
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 9
There is a very small danger of RF burns from being to close to an antenna. At one watt power you can just about touch the antenna with no real effects at 25W max power the recommend distance from the antenna to a person is about 3-4 FT on VHF. I would recommend getting the antenna as high as possible for range. A crappy radio with a great antenna will always outperform a great radio with a crappy antenna. I have two 9DB 8FT antenna mounted on my radar arch - one for each radio. Put your 6db antenna as high as you can and with a new Icom should be fine.
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