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Skeeball posted 03-11-2003 03:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Skeeball   Send Email to Skeeball  
have decided on an Icom m-402s for the radio but undecided on the antenna. I wanted to put a 4' on the console rail but would have to remove the ant each time I use the cover...so I guess it will have to be an 8 footer on the side rail at the rear on a ratchet mount..unless there are other suggestions
Which antenna?? I am kinda leaning towards the Shakespere 5101 because the radiating elements are all brass not brass & copper.
Would welcome any comments
Skeeball posted 03-11-2003 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Skeeball  Send Email to Skeeball     
This will be going on a 17' Montauk
Monnas Rock posted 03-11-2003 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
The same ratchet mounts are available for rail mounting. I believe Shakespear offers them. Check out Boaters World catalog.
Regards,
Gary
Monnas Rock posted 03-11-2003 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
Sorry, I misread the question. Can you have a groumeted opening sewn into the consol cover?
simonmeridew posted 03-11-2003 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
Last year I bought an Icom 402S for my Montauk. Also bought a "Digital Antenna"(brand) 4 foot antenna and used a ratchet mount on the starboard side of the console near the front top to mount it. Dropped down for trailering and storage it fits inside the boat so less likely to catch on something.
http://www.digitalantenna.com/
Order direct from the company, it'll be there less than a week. The connector they supply is removeable so that you don't need to drill oversize holes in the console. Very good people to deal with.
What a powerful combination. No problem reaching out both transmit and receive. I think it beats the Shakes 8 footer. IMHO
simonmeridew
Dick posted 03-11-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Here is one more vote for the Digital 4'.
When I was in wholesale we were a distributor for both Digital and Shakespeare. I tried both the Shakespeare 8' glass and the 3' ss whip the 4' Digital outperforms both of them.
www.digitalantenna.com

Dick

doobee posted 03-11-2003 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
without a doubt, the best antenna you can buy is an 8' Shakespeare Galaxy series.

I've had poor results with short antennas mounted low. More height means more range.

Louie Kokinis posted 03-12-2003 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
I have Galaxy 8' ers...great antennas!

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