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Old 06-06-2019, 12:29 PM
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Our boat has two Shakespeare 8' black fiberglass antennas installed, and I believe the part number is 5226-XT.

We ordered the boat blank and had the electronics installed by a vendor that works with our dealership. Since the initial installing the boat had to be sent back to the factory for some major warranty work. The boat was returned to us with both antennas scratched and damaged. Those two antennas have since been replaced, but one of the new ones had a sound of ball bearings inside of it every time we move or tapped it.

The technician said that's not right. A neighbor said that is not right, and that it means the actual antenna inside the fiberglass has broken solder and is moving around.

They just installed the replacement antenna and it also has that sound, and the marine electronics company is now saying this is normal with these Shakespeare antennas.

Could someone possibly shed some light on this for me?

Thank you for your help in advance.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:51 PM
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Call Shakespeare ask them if it is "normal." I suspect the answer will be "no."
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:56 PM
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I just replaced the same antenna on our boat after Florence ripped the tarp off and broke the antenna in half. I can tell you for a fact the
internal antenna is a series of plated tubing attached to the coax. The tubing is surrounded by material for separation from the exterior which
will or should help with antenna shock which is just my opinion. What you hear is not right. Had it been the bottom of the line antenna the
interior parts are nothing but tuned pieces of coax and you can hear the coax shake when the isolators break loose. I have had those apart
to. Being licensed makes you want to see what makes it tick, or it does me. Charlie
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Old 06-06-2019, 04:06 PM
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Thank you guys for the reply.

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Call Shakespeare ask them if it is "normal." I suspect the answer will be "no."
I am looking for the opinions of the those that have hands-on working knowledge of what's going on inside these antennas. I will give them a call, but in this day and age, I am not so quick to trust manufactures. I've battled a few large manufactures (truck, boats and appliances) over blatantly obvious failures that shouldn't have been. To be told everything is fine, industry standard, there's nothing wrong, only to have them eventually say, "you're right", we'll fix or replace it. It is easier for them to say, yes it's fine and there's nothing to worry about with the hopes that I go away, only to have the antenna fail outside of the warranty period.

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I just replaced the same antenna on our boat after Florence ripped the tarp off and broke the antenna in half. I can tell you for a fact the
internal antenna is a series of plated tubing attached to the coax. The tubing is surrounded by material for separation from the exterior which
will or should help with antenna shock which is just my opinion. What you hear is not right. Had it been the bottom of the line antenna the
interior parts are nothing but tuned pieces of coax and you can hear the coax shake when the isolators break loose. I have had those apart
to. Being licensed makes you want to see what makes it tick, or it does me. Charlie
Charlie, thank you for the detailed information, I have no idea what's going on inside of those antennas and this definitely helps.
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I only wish the internal working elements were built as rugged as the fiberglass the antenna is made from. Then you would have a much better longer lasting antenna. I sure would not trust that antenna with
something loose inside of it. Better off replacing it.
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Charlie, thank you for your input, and I completely agree you.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:23 AM
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Just got off the phone with Shakespeare, it went better than expected.

They confirmed the rattling is not normal and they want the old antennas back for inspection.

Thank you again for the input gentlemen.
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