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Old 04-12-2012, 02:30 PM
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I just recently picked up a Parker 21SE center console used and the radio and antenna on the boat are shot. I need to replace both (the antenna is a small stainless steel one that is busted, and the radio looks like it was dragged through the mud and put away wet). I am looking at a STANDARD HORIZON GX1150 Eclipse DSC+ for the radio. What should I use for the antenna? I have had suggestions from friends for both a 8' fiberglass and a short steel one (like what is currently on the boat). The boat has no t-top, and I do not plan to install one for the near future. Suggestions?

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Originally Posted by xmako View Post
I just recently picked up a Parker 21SE center console used and the radio and antenna on the boat are shot. I need to replace both (the antenna is a small stainless steel one that is busted, and the radio looks like it was dragged through the mud and put away wet). I am looking at a STANDARD HORIZON GX1150 Eclipse DSC+ for the radio. What should I use for the antenna? I have had suggestions from friends for both a 8' fiberglass and a short steel one (like what is currently on the boat). The boat has no t-top, and I do not plan to install one for the near future. Suggestions?

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Shakespeare Galaxy 8 ft
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Originally Posted by Terminator Tackle View Post
Shakespeare Galaxy 8 ft
Thanks. Is that the 5225-XT model?
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How far away from land do you boat?
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You can't go wrong with either the Digital 529 or the Shakespeare 5225. The West Marine branded Shakespeare Mariner 8700 Is the 5225 equivalent, and is 25 percent off right now.
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Originally Posted by Crabpot Man View Post
How far away from land do you boat?

With this boat I can forsee sticking close to shore, venturing off maybe 5 miles on good days, but generally within 3 miles.
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...-boat-vhf.html
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Originally Posted by xmako View Post
With this boat I can forsee sticking close to shore, venturing off maybe 5 miles on good days, but generally within 3 miles.
Then get the antenna that pleases you most aesthetically.
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I also just recently bought a used 21SE. I went with the Icom IC-M412 radio and the Shakespeare 8700 antena and mounted it on top of the grab rail on the center console with a mount that tilts back. I did the automated Sea Tow radio check the other day on the water and was 15.7 nautical miles away and it came through. I don't really don't know much about electronics but was told to keep the antena cord from where it comes out of the antena to the connection for the radio at least 6 feet long and it should be in 3 feet increments if longer than that. 9,12,15,18 etc.
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Originally Posted by Wes Blow View Post
I don't really don't know much about electronics but was told to keep the antena cord from where it comes out of the antena to the connection for the radio at least 6 feet long and it should be in 3 feet increments if longer than that. 9,12,15,18 etc.
I know quite a bit about radio transmission lines, and what you have recommended is nonsensical.

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