Inland reception

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Posted by Diver Z on June 24, 2006 at 22:38:52:

In Reply to: Marine radio question posted by Dark Diver on June 24, 2006 at 10:37:50:

I live quite a ways inland too. It's pretty hit or miss picking anything up on my handheld marine radio at home. Reception is worst indoors or in certain vehicles. It tends to be best outdoors and as high as possible on a hill facing toward the ocean. I find I can usually hear the larger land-based dispatchers that have big honking antennas on a roof somewhere -- Coast Guard, Vessel Assist, harbor traffic dispatcher, etc. I can often pick up San Diego Coast Guard north of L.A. Very seldom possible to pick up actual boats. The antenna has a lot to do with it too. I notice on my own boat that signals come in much stronger on the console-mounted radio with rooftop antenna vs. the handheld.

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