The specifications for the VHF antenna are as follows:

A strong and robust antenna is needed to withstand the harmonic oscillations of the ocean waves.  This is why a stainless steel whip antenna was needed.  It was also important for the antenna to be lightweight and short to maintain the balance of the buoy.  The antenna that was chosen met all these specifications and, as an added advantage, the coaxial cable connection threaded down from the antenna instead from the side.  This is ideal, since the antenna will be mounted on top of the hull of the buoy.  An actual mount was not required for the buoy so a hole of appropriate size was drilled into the PVC cap of the buoy hull and the coaxial cable threaded through.  This cable connected to the VHF Marine transceiver with the use of an adapter to allow the different types of connectors to link.