Shakespeare AIS Antennas Designed to Help Owners Monitor Traffic
- By WorkBoat
The 4-foot Shakespeare Style 396-1-AIS features commercial-grade construction with brass and copper elements, a white, heavy-duty fiberglass radome, and an SO-239 connector at the base. U-bolts are included for mast mounting.
Another 4-foot fiberglass model, the Galaxy 5396-AIS, has a high-gloss polyurethane finish that Shakespeare says won't turn yellow in the sun. Its durable construction includes brass and copper elements and a 1-inch-14 thread stainless steel ferrule. Shakespeare supplies 20 feet of RG-8/X cable and a PL-259 connector for easy installation.
From Shakespeare’s Squatty Body series, the lightweight, low-profile 3-foot 5215-AIS has a stainless steel whip that sailboat owners have come to favor. Designed for masthead mounting with a supplied stainless L-bracket, this slim antenna has an SO-239 connector at the base. Its tin-plated, copper wire coil is sealed against the elements for superior performance, Shakespeare says.
Simple installation and compact size characterize the 5250-AIS Skinny Mini, the company says. This 3-foot stainless steel whip utilizes a chrome-plated brass canister, which minimizes the de-tuning associated with plastic canisters. The antenna comes with 15-feet of RG-58 cable and a PL-259 connector. A mount with a center-hole such as Shakespeare styles 4187 or 5187 is required.