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|Author||Topic: VHF antennas|
posted 03-11-2003 03:57 PM ET (US)
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
posted 03-11-2003 03:59 PM ET (US)
This will be going on a 17' Montauk
posted 03-11-2003 06:24 PM ET (US)
The same ratchet mounts are available for rail mounting. I believe Shakespear offers them. Check out Boaters World catalog.
posted 03-11-2003 06:26 PM ET (US)
Sorry, I misread the question. Can you have a groumeted opening sewn into the consol cover?
posted 03-11-2003 07:15 PM ET (US)
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.
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
posted 03-11-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-11-2003 11:50 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-12-2003 10:03 AM ET (US)
I have Galaxy 8' ers...great antennas!
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