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Shakespeare #4353 Tape-On AM/FM Antenna
|Author||Topic: Shakespeare #4353 Tape-On AM/FM Antenna|
posted 06-13-2007 10:51 AM ET (US)
Does anyone have experience with this antenna. I plan to order one unless there is negative feedback.
posted 06-18-2007 09:01 AM ET (US)
Update: I purchased this antenna and will install it when my new Polyplanar radio arrives. It looks interesting. The overall length is not specified but it measures 25" overall long. It has to be mounted to a non metallic surface, either horizontal or vertical. I will experiment with several locations but it would be ideal if it would work when attached inside the console, completely out of the way and not visible. If it works, I plan to mount it to a piece of starboard or Plexiglases and then fasten it to the inside of the console.
I should have results in about two weeks if all the radio components arrive soon.
posted 06-18-2007 12:50 PM ET (US)
We have one of these on our sailboat and I think it is a big improvement over the jury rigged setup which had been in place when we bought the boat. It would also seem to work well for center console boats which don't have room for 2 antennas. Good luck!
posted 06-18-2007 01:40 PM ET (US)
I've installed this item on many boats .... mine included. Works great that ... just another option. Works with most vhf antennas.
posted 06-19-2007 03:08 AM ET (US)
I looked at the splitter but I like the idea of a direct connection between the VHF and the antenna. More connections = less reliability so I thought I would give this tape-on antenna a try. It is about the same price. If it doesn't work then the splitter will be next.
posted 06-19-2007 07:16 AM ET (US)
The reliability issue is really a moot point. I've had mine installed for going on four years plus the others I've installed have never missed a beat. Just another option. There are just so many options no a days it's hard in some cases to make a decision.
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