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Old 10-17-2011, 08:33 AM
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Default Best bang for the buck 8 Foot VHF Antenna?

I need to replace my 8 Foot VHF Antenna. I had the Digital Antenna and am pretty sure that is the way to go again. Is there anything out that tops these at this time in the same price range? It looks like 6db is the tops as well in this price range? What is the best model currently?

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Head over to Bethel...not too far from you. Their prices are competitive on both the Shakespeare and the Digital, and you can walk out the door with it and save the shipping.

The main advantage to the Digital is the already attached mini-plug.
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digital, is my vote . buy the best antenna you can you may need it someday
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Digital and Shakespeare Galaxy 6db 8ft-ers should be pretty comparable in quality. The old Powerboat Reports tested both and found slightly better transmission/reception with the Shakespeare Galaxy 5225XP but I doubt any of us would notice the diffrenece in general use.

FWIW-Shakespeare has recently introduced a new top of their line antenna series called Phase III:
http://www.shakespeare-antennas.com/phaseiii/vhf.asp
http://www.shakespeare-antennas.com/...w.asp?ant=6225

Digital's 529-VW and 829-VW 's would be good :
http://www.digitalantenna.com/prods/vhfantenna_8.html

I expect their new Wide Band VHF 8'ers would be unneeded overkill for normal rec boater use.

Glomex's RA1225 should be an excellent 8'/6db antenna:
http://www.glomex.it/product_details.asp?id=RA1225


Comrod may be another possibility : http://www.comrod.com/maritime-vhf/category129.html (AV60BI8 ?)
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check into Morad it's only your life so why few a few bucks on junk.
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West Marine's branded shakespere antennas when they go on sale are a good deal. Often 40% off. The best ones have very thick fiberglass, they have cutaways in the store, the visual is helpfull to me. I have broken a few in my time. The current West unit(second from the top, forget the #) looks to be about twice as thick as the previous Digital and Shakespere units that came on previous boats. It has survived 2 bridge hits already. Hth, Bergymon.
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Originally Posted by BERGYMON View Post
West Marine's branded shakespere antennas when they go on sale are a good deal. Often 40% off. The best ones have very thick fiberglass, they have cutaways in the store, the visual is helpfull to me. I have broken a few in my time. The current West unit(second from the top, forget the #) looks to be about twice as thick as the previous Digital and Shakespere units that came on previous boats. It has survived 2 bridge hits already. Hth, Bergymon.
As I recall, the WM 8700 is equivalent to the 5225 XT Shake, and the 8900 (top of the line) is either the 5225XP or 5225 FLT rebranded.

If they are running a sale, and if you have a coupon, they are a good deal. Otherwise, you can do better.
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The Shakespeare centenial series 5102 is a high quality ant and a good price.
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Shakespeare Mariner 8500 is around 100 bucks and works fine especially with it mounted up on top of my radar arch (approx 11' above waterline.)

You don't generally want more than 6 db or you fade and peak as you rock in the water.

8 footer mounted as high as you can get above the waterline is the way to go.

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