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Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna

$107.99

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Model # 6966055 | Mfg # 8500

Product Description

High-end features on a mid-priced antenna make this an exciting choice for onboard communications systems. 6dB end-fed 1/2-wave antenna in an 8' foot length whip with brass and copper elements, chrome-plated brass ferrule and the durable high-gloss polyurethane finish that makes the Mariner series long-lasting and sleek!
  • Application: Marine VHF
  • Gain: 6dB
  • Length: 8'
  • Material: Fiberglass w/polyurethane finish
  • Elements: Brass and copper
  • Base Type: Chromed brass
  • Lead: 20' RG-8X Coax, PL-259
  • Warranty: Three years

Specs

Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna

Best Use VHF
Elements Brass & Copper
Gain 6 Decibels
Lead 20' RG-8X Cable with PL-259 Connector
Length 8'
Material Fiberglass
Warranty Details Three Years

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong signal (8)
  • Easy to set up (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Attractive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Reviewed by 10 customers

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4.0

Mounted but not used yet!

By Red beard

from Portland, Or.

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bought this more expensive one for the 20' coax.

Cons

  • Why not make all of them with 20' of coax?

Best Uses

  • Push pit rail mount on sail boat.

Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

Used this to install AIS on sail boat and to be emergency antenna if we loose mast.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Will buy another

By DJones118

from Poulsbo, WA

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Strong Signal

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

      This is the second Shakespeare antenna I've purchased for 2 different boats and I will buy again. Directions for installation were easy and product delivers a good signal.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Good product

      By Evermore

      from Baltimore MD

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Marine safety

        Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

        Wanted to balance look of radar arch but made 2nd VHF radio operational so added to safety as well

         
        5.0

        Great antenna

        By Mr Marvin

        from Galveston, tx

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fine-Tuning
        • Strong Signal

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portable Devices

          Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

          Easy to install, works great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent value!

          By fishnfool

          from Three Rivers, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Strong Signal

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small boat

            Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

            Much more durable than the old fiberglass mast it replaced. Much better range as well.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            brand name makes a diff

            By BigCat

            from Chicago

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Strong Signal

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

                the Shakespeare brand makes a difference in durability vs. the cheapos. You get what you pay for, don't get caught with a corroded antenna element when you need it most!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Reception and Strong Signal

                By donzi_racing

                from Atlanta Georgia

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Strong Signal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

                    I can easily reach any boat I am Trying to Contact

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    nice range

                    By big daddy

                    from central jersey

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Signal

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

                        First time using the radio I was picking up boat chatter more than 20 miles away

                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Good Antenna

                        By Water Wolf

                        from Raleigh, NC

                        About Me Casual User

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Strong Signal
                        • Well made

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Boat

                          Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

                          I used this to replace my old broken VHF antenna on my boat. It has a nice long cable that is well shielded. I was able to get a good strong signal after installation even with the antenna down like I have to keep it when at the dock.

                          You do have to attach the connector to the cable so be careful to follow the instructions to get a good connection. It's not difficult to do but takes a little care to get it right. Solder it for the best results.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Excellent performer

                          By ETinaSkeeter

                          from Bridgewater, MA

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Strong Signal

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Attic/Roof Mount

                            Comments about Shakespeare Mariner 8500 8' 6dB VHF Antenna:

                            I put this antenna into my attic so that I could get reception from local pond where we go fishing and kayaking. Having just handheld unit on the water allows me to communicate back to home base for pickup, logistical support, or answer questions while I'm gone. This type of communication was not possible without this antenna as mobile antenna I was using did not have enough gain. This is great as cell phone is not waterproof but my West Marine VHF100 radio is!

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