Shakespeare Galaxy®-INFL8 VHF Inflatable Emergency Antenna
- Inflatable to Full 5Ft
- CO2 cartridge inflatable
- Manually inflatable*
- Straps & Grommets
- Storage Bag
- Included SMA Adaptor
The GALAXY INFL8-5 by Shakespeare is the world’s first emergency antenna with the performance to earn the GALAXY name. It is an inflatable antenna that can be rapidly deployed via a CO2 cartridge or a manual tube and inflates to 5 ft (1.6 m) to offer a full 3dB antenna with a range of up to three times greater than any existing helical emergency antenna. Thanks to its inflatable design, the antenna can be deflated and stowed away safely in its easy-to-spot storage bag until it is needed again.
The antenna can be mounted with its hook and loop straps allowing for quick and easy installation in any weather to stanchions, outriggers or other vertical structures on board. The antenna also features grommets on the top and bottom to facilitate hanging and securing to spreaders, masts, hard tops and other structures even in case the inflatable bladder becomes damaged.
The connectors included in the package allow for versatile connection options. The pre-soldered PL-259 connector allows connection to a Fixed VHF directly or a handheld via the included SMA Adaptor. The package also includes a solder-free female UHF connector that allows the antenna to be spliced into existing coax cables on the boat.
|Band||VHF Marine Band|
|Max. Input Power||50 Watts|
|SWR||nominally 1.5:1 at 156.8 MHz|
|Bandwidth||156-162 MHz within 2.0:1 VSWR|
|Mounting||Via 2ea x 2ft (600mm) long built-in hook-and-loop straps. Can be hung and tied to structures through its grommet holes.|
|Inflation||>24 hrs per cartridge|
|Recommended Cartridge||16g threaded CO2 cartridge|
|Coax Supplied||20 ft (6m) of RG-174 cable|
|Connector Supplied||PL-259 pre-installed. Adapter to adapt over to SMA male for use with handhelds. Unique solder-less UHF female connector to splice antenna into existing RG-8X or RG-58 coax cabling on boat.|
|Polarization (Pattern)||Vertical (Omnidirectional)|
|DC Ground||DC Grounded — The antenna will read shorted on continuity test.|
|Shakespeare Limited Warranty||5 years|