View Full Version : VHF Antenna

11-21-2005, 07:25 AM
Can anyone recommend a real good antenna? *I broke the tip off of mine a few years ago. *I thought it would still work fine, but it seamed to have nocked the long distance out of it. *I'm looking for an 8' boat mounted.

Thanks all

11-21-2005, 07:41 AM
Shakespeare 5225. Cost, just over $100.

11-21-2005, 07:42 AM
I have a Shakespere Galaxy 5225-XT. Works great. Got it at West Marine for around $160 or so. I'm very happy with it.

11-21-2005, 07:44 AM
Off the Hook, Cabela's price was $105 for that antenna.

11-22-2005, 08:48 AM
If you are looking for Electronics I suggest you check out Dave's Marine website.
I ordered a electric winch from him a while back. He beat Cabela's by about $60 & I got it in 2 days!!
I have been looking at VHF radios. He is $20-50 less on the Cobra & Uniden units compared to Bass Pro & Cabel's. Also no sales tax, except in NV.

11-22-2005, 09:05 AM
I found one at Zshoppes for $81 and no tax !

11-22-2005, 06:36 PM
Hinrid, you got me thinking. I think I got my antenna on a really good sale. I went digging through my receipts but couldn't find it. I have spent so much money at West Marine and Cabela's I can't keep prices straight. My wife frequently reminds me though.

11-24-2005, 08:08 AM
this one from shakespear for the buck is 49.00
and does a great job.....mine works from ano/santa cruz
thats 22mi and no problem....

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&langI d=-1&productId=358908

11-24-2005, 08:23 AM
That's the one that I now have. It works fine after I soldered the coax coupler after shortening the cable. The only thing I don't like is that it has a brass rather than a SS base. If you just fish fresh water this is not an issue. In salt or alkine water, the brass will eventually pit.

11-26-2005, 10:09 PM
The main difference between the expensive Shakespears and the cheapos is a little better wire and fittings and maybe a bit stiffer fiberglass job. So, the same length atennea's will work the same.

My feeling is get the cheap one, you will probably break it before the fittings go bad.

11-29-2005, 09:15 AM
I just received my Shakespear antenna yesterday from Zshoppe. It was substantiall cheaper than anywhere, no tax, and low shipping cost. It took 7 days to receive

12-15-2005, 10:22 AM
My old antenna mount was corroded to the old antenna so I needed a new one. I found a Shakespeare Style 4187 Ratchet Mount for Marine Antenna on ebay for $17. What a deal for this SS heavey duty mount. I also received it within less than 1 week. This is the heavy duty mount recommended for the Galaxy antennas.

12-15-2005, 03:09 PM
Looks like it pays to check E-Bay! You sure can't beat that price.. Larry

12-15-2005, 04:50 PM
yep, I have about $100 into the Galaxy 5225- XT antenna and heavy duty ss mount. That could have easily gone $200.

12-16-2005, 06:31 PM
I had ordered an antenna from Dave's Marine Electronics and he beats all the others for that antenna. *:D He lives in Nev, ships out of his warehouse in New Jersey, no taxes and very little shipping. Right now he is giving next day service for free. *It sure is great to have other sniffers refer me to Dave Marine. ;) I even bought a Standard Horizon fixed mounted radio and a hand held one! :o