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Old 04-17-2014, 02:59 PM
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Question VHF Antenna - Suggestions?

I'm going to be mounting a new VHF antenna on my hard top. Any suggestions on height/brand? I see West Marine has a Mariner 8900 for $219 - supposed to be extra tough, no soldering needed to connect, etc. Worth it?

Any suggestions on a primary VHF radio?

Thanks!
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Shakespeare galaxy XP 5225
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I've had good luck with both Shakespeare and Digital Antenna's, with the Digital wires being easier to run. For VHF radios, all the commercial and recreational vessels I've been on had ICOM radios.

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The mini connector on (some?) Digital brand antennas save soldering and help ease installation for certain applications. Decent antenna too.
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I love my Digital antenna.
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You can find the Digital 529....delivered to your door, for around $150 all day long.

Some folks like ICOM, some like S/H. It's a matter of personal preference....
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Also a big fan of the digital, their antennas elements are foamed in, inside the fiberglass antenna vs just sitting inside a hollow tube.

Plus their end fittings are much nicer and no soldering.

And if you're mounting to a hard top, go 8ft, and be SURE to get a stainless ratchet mount, not plastic.
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thanks. seems like either way you can't go wrong - i've heard good things about Digital and Shakespeare.
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Originally Posted by jigstick View Post
shakespeare galaxy xp 5225
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The problem with the shakespeare is the PL 259 fitting. Although the crimp on appear to be a good idea with time in the salt air and spray, corrosion will interfere with the conduction of the signal. l If you are not an experienced soldering technician, I would suggest the digital, where you can run the mini connector thru any place the coax goes.
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The mariner 8900 is the same as the 5225. Both made by shakespeare. I own 2 Standards and 1 Icom, and have owned several of both brands through the last 25 years. The icom is a better radio. I have never had a problem with Icom radios and have had problems with both of my standard matrix 3000's I own now. Icom in made in Japan and Standard in China. Andy
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Originally Posted by Milehog View Post
The mini connector on (some?) Digital brand antennas save soldering and help ease installation for certain applications. Decent antenna too.
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I love my Digital antenna.
Probably one of the best antennas out there. Back in the day when Powerboat Reports was around, they rated them #1. The Shakespeare 5225 XP would be my second choice.
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Digital 529VW is the way I would go. great quality built in Sunrise, Florida!
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I looked into this quite a bit recently and went with a Shakespeare Phase III (6400).

My reading showed that Shakespeare and Digital have roughly equal performance, with some reviews trending toward Shakespeare in this area. On the flip side, Digital seemed to have a higher build quality.

The Shakespeare Phase III was the best of both worlds - Shakespeare's performance with better build quality, fully foam filled, and yacht quality finish.

The 6225 would be the 8' version that would compete against some of the 8' recommendations in this thread.

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