A aviation & planes forum. AviationBanter

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Go Back   Home » AviationBanter forum » rec.aviation newsgroups » Home Built
Site Map Home Register Authors List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Web Partners

Marine Radio using Aviation Antennae



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old July 1st 03, 07:28 PM
Jim Weir
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default Marine Radio using Aviation Antennae

Will it work? Probably.

Will it work well? That depends on what "well" means.

Will it work at peak efficiency. No.

In all probability, your reception will probably be acceptable. The transmitter
protection circuitry may (high probability) prevent you from getting any decent
transmitter range.

Jim


"Doug"
shared these priceless pearls of wisdom:

-I want to get a handheld marine radio for my amphib Husky. I wouild like to
-plug it in to my aviation outside antennae that I have installed for my
-aviation handheld. Will this work? Marine frequencies are
- a.. TX 156.025-157.425 MHz
- b.. RX 156.025-163.275 MHz
-(from the Icom web site).
-


Jim Weir (A&P/IA, CFI, & other good alphabet soup)
VP Eng RST Pres. Cyberchapter EAA Tech. Counselor
http://www.rst-engr.com
Ads
  #2  
Old July 2nd 03, 12:01 AM
Wayne Paul
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Doug,

Most aircraft antenna's are 1/4 wave length (about 22 inches.) A quarter
wavelength on marine frequencies is approximately 17 and a half inches.
This is out of the range of most handheld matching circuits. My conclusion
is that the answer to your question is no.

Wayne
http://www.soaridaho.com/Schreder


"Doug" wrote in message
...
I want to get a handheld marine radio for my amphib Husky. I wouild like

to
plug it in to my aviation outside antennae that I have installed for my
aviation handheld. Will this work? Marine frequencies are
a.. TX 156.025-157.425 MHz
b.. RX 156.025-163.275 MHz
(from the Icom web site).




  #3  
Old July 2nd 03, 01:41 AM
Buff5200
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

You could try the Ham radio market. What you are looking for is an
Antenna Tuner
for the 70cm band. What you want is an antenna tuner that can capactively
"shorten" the 22" aircraft antenna and cause it to match the frequencies
that would
normally use a 17" antenna. You might want to look at www.aesham.com.

Wayne Paul wrote:

Doug,

Most aircraft antenna's are 1/4 wave length (about 22 inches.) A quarter
wavelength on marine frequencies is approximately 17 and a half inches.
This is out of the range of most handheld matching circuits. My conclusion
is that the answer to your question is no.

Wayne
http://www.soaridaho.com/Schreder


"Doug" wrote in message
...


I want to get a handheld marine radio for my amphib Husky. I wouild like


to


plug it in to my aviation outside antennae that I have installed for my
aviation handheld. Will this work? Marine frequencies are
a.. TX 156.025-157.425 MHz
b.. RX 156.025-163.275 MHz
(from the Icom web site).










  #4  
Old July 2nd 03, 02:20 AM
Tim Ward
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default


"Buff5200" wrote in message
...
You could try the Ham radio market. What you are looking for is an
Antenna Tuner
for the 70cm band. What you want is an antenna tuner that can capactively
"shorten" the 22" aircraft antenna and cause it to match the frequencies
that would
normally use a 17" antenna. You might want to look at www.aesham.com.


No. The 70 cm amateur band is around 440 MHz -- way above 160 MHz.
The marine frequencies would be closest to 2 meters, and not all that close.

I think a dedicated antenna is going to be simpler, cheaper, and work
better.

Jim, I believe at one time you posted a pointer to an advisory circular of
best practices for installing non-aviation band radios in aircraft. Maybe
you could dig that out again.

Tim Ward


  #5  
Old July 3rd 03, 04:37 AM
Buff5200
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default



Tim Ward wrote:



No. The 70 cm amateur band is around 440 MHz -- way above 160 MHz.
The marine frequencies would be closest to 2 meters, and not all that close.

I think a dedicated antenna is going to be simpler, cheaper, and work
better.



Sorry, my misprint, I meant a dual band 2M/70cm tuner.

Absolutely, a dedicated antenna is the best move. Unless you are trying
to mount an extra antenna
on a certified aircraft. Lots of paperwork and $$$. I was speaking to
the concept of using a HT marine
radio on an antenna "normally" used for aviation band, and already
installed in the airframe.






  #6  
Old July 3rd 03, 05:32 AM
Tim Ward
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default


"Buff5200" wrote in message
...


Tim Ward wrote:



No. The 70 cm amateur band is around 440 MHz -- way above 160 MHz.
The marine frequencies would be closest to 2 meters, and not all that

close.

I think a dedicated antenna is going to be simpler, cheaper, and work
better.



Sorry, my misprint, I meant a dual band 2M/70cm tuner.


I understood you to mean an antenna tuner.


Absolutely, a dedicated antenna is the best move. Unless you are trying
to mount an extra antenna
on a certified aircraft. Lots of paperwork and $$$. I was speaking to
the concept of using a HT marine
radio on an antenna "normally" used for aviation band, and already
installed in the airframe.


That's why I mentioned Jim Weir's previous posting of a pointer to an AC
about mounting non-aviation radios in airplanes. I think last time it was
in connection with amateur radio in an airplane, but the principals would be
the same.
Tim Ward


  #7  
Old July 25th 03, 10:20 AM
Ken Mattsson
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

While on the subject of antennas, having built a couple of Jimīs plumber
delights, could this antenna design in principle be used for any bands or
can it only be built for center frequencies within the VHF-band? You see, I
have this little cute Yaesu scanner and Iīd love to build a few more
antennas for it, base antennas that is. I already have a set of homemade
portable antennas for it out of bnc connectors with welding rod sticks.

Cheers, Ken
Finland


  #8  
Old August 5th 03, 04:47 AM
Craig Davidson
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default


Ken Mattsson wrote in message ...
While on the subject of antennas, having built a couple of Jimīs plumber
delights, could this antenna design in principle be used for any bands or
can it only be built for center frequencies within the VHF-band?
Cheers, Ken
Finland


Every antenna I have seen can be built to any frequency. Do it by adjusting
the dimensions of the antenna inversely proportional to the frequency. for
example if you want the antenna to work at twice the frequency then the
dimensions should be half. Likewise if you want to use the antenna at half
the frequency then the dimensions should be doubled.


  #9  
Old August 5th 03, 04:22 PM
Jim Weir
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

That is true...to a crude first approximation. The thickness of the antenna as
a function of frequency and antenna length is not so linear. The actual
calculation goes:

Calculate the THEORETICAL length as a submultiple of the wavelength.
Then do the finagle fatness factor for element thickness.

Jim


"Craig Davidson"
shared these priceless pearls of wisdom:

-
-Ken Mattsson wrote in message ...
-While on the subject of antennas, having built a couple of Jimīs plumber
-delights, could this antenna design in principle be used for any bands or
-can it only be built for center frequencies within the VHF-band?
-Cheers, Ken
-Finland
-
-
-Every antenna I have seen can be built to any frequency. Do it by adjusting
-the dimensions of the antenna inversely proportional to the frequency. for
-example if you want the antenna to work at twice the frequency then the
-dimensions should be half. Likewise if you want to use the antenna at half
-the frequency then the dimensions should be doubled.
-

Jim Weir (A&P/IA, CFI, & other good alphabet soup)
VP Eng RST Pres. Cyberchapter EAA Tech. Counselor
http://www.rst-engr.com
  #10  
Old August 11th 03, 03:33 PM
Steve Roberts
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

find a ham radio operator in your area with a VHF capable SWR meter
(or just order a 2 meter swr meter from AES) if the SWR (standing
wave ratio) is greater then 2:1 then the antenna is not well enough
matched for even casual use. A good match is from say 1.1:1 to 1.40:1.
SWR meter hooks between the radio and the antenna and measures
transmitted and reflected power (well , sort of, the real explanation
would take a couple of pages). If the antenna isnt a good transmitter
at a particular frequency, then its a good reflector of RF back down
the cable. That RF has to go somewhere and that somewhere is back
into the final stage of the transmitter, causing heat and maybe
burnout.
Most modern marine HTs are designed with a circuit that backs off the
TX power or shuts down the transmitter if tyou have a bad match.

If this is for use at altitude in a non safety of life application, IE
calling your wife on the boat, you can get away with a crappy swr.
However keep in mind that if you transmit from any reasonable
altitude, your range is increased dramtically, and the marine RADIO is
FM, not AM, and the strongest singal wins on FM, unlike AM whjere they
overlap, so using a a decent marine radio at 5000 feet above San Fran,
you could end up capturing the channel down the whole west coast.
Probably somewhat illegal unless your doing some form of air to ground
work as part of your flying.

if your just gonna receive, the airband antenna will be just fine.

Steve Roberts , N8VKD
 




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
AOPA Stall/Spin Study -- Stowell's Review (8,000 words) Rich Stowell Aerobatics 28 January 2nd 09 02:26 PM
General Aviation Legal Defense Fund Dr. Guenther Eichhorn Aerobatics 0 May 11th 04 10:43 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Đ2004-2019 AviationBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.