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Old 09-29-2008, 03:45 PM
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What is inside a Shakespear vhf antenna ?
All of a sudden, a pile of stuff is coming out of the antenna and piling underneath it. It's coming out of the hole for cable, in the locking swivel. Looks and feels like charcoal or something that has burned. (radio still works, not lightning)
Is there a dark epoxy filling it that is degrading and fracturing ?

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Old 09-29-2008, 04:43 PM
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Go to a West Marine or Boaters World. They have the Shakespear antenna display that has an one cut apart to show the inside.

When you say the radio works do you mean it turns on or does it transmit. I had an antenna go bad on me once. I could hear everyone fine but could only transmit about 2 miles. Anyone further than that could not hear me. I had the antenna checked and it was shorted. Changed it out and I could transmit again.
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:28 PM
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Well, that's a first for me, but why not contact them at:

Techsupport@shakespeare-ce.com

Then, let us know their response.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:57 PM
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Which model antenna is it?
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:03 PM
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Maybe it's the stuff that makes them "Shakey"??



Fix steps:
1. Discard it.
2. Order from BOE, a 8' Digital Inc. antenna for ~$100.
3. Install new antenna.
4. Enjoy for the life of your boat.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:08 PM
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Collect all the "stuff". Take the antenna off the boat, turn it upside down, and using a very small funnel, pour the "stuff" back into the antenna. Seal it with epoxy, then reinstall the antenna on the boat.

No, seriously, contact tech support at: Techsupport@shakespeare-ce.com

Or, replace it with a new one.
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