Shakespeare inflatable emergency VHF antenna, smart design with 3dB

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

5 Responses

  1. This is an awesome product! Really cool innovation to help when you most need it. Seems like something that should be included in any ditch bag or life raft.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      I agree. Damn clever, and extra cool that you could conceivably move it from the fixed 25W VHF on your vessel-in-distress — picture mast overboard and slamming into the hull — to the handheld you bring along in your liferaft.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Shakespeare tells me that the Galaxy-INFL8 antennas will be “available by April 1.”

  3. Jonathan Woytek says:

    Neat idea! For any DIYers, a similar easily-deployable, easily-stored antenna can be made from 300 Ohm twin-lead (like the stuff used to connect old TV antennas). It doesn’t have a sexy auto-inflate mechanism, though, which seems especially interesting for life raft deployment and/or in the case of damage to the point of not being able to hang anything in the air easily.

    Info on the twin-lead antenna: http://www.wb6nvh.com/DATA/jpole.pdf

  4. Brian K Adams says:

    Because of the design it also serves as a visual target for rescue similar to an inflatable M.O.M. and other similar devices. Is it weighted on the bottom to keep it up right in a seaway? Maybe this technology could be combined with those Crew Overboard devices. I agree its another great tool in the rescue toolbox.

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