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SHAKESPEARE Mariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver-Plated Elements & Gold-Plated Connector

Model # 6966071Mfg # 8900

$219.99

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Product Description

The Mariner 8900 features a maximum range antenna rig with an integrated extra-tough fiberglass radome. For windy conditions, high speeds and rough seas, this rugged unit stands up strong when mounted on hard tops, T-tops and radar arches. Silver plating beefs up performance for crystal clear communication. Includes ‘no-solder’ gold centerpin, PL-259 connector.
  • Application: Premium Marine VHF
  • Gain: 6dB
  • Length: 8'
  • Material: Fiberglass w/polyurethane finish
  • Elements: Silver-plated brass
  • Base Type: Stainless steel
  • Lead: 20' RG-8X Coax, PL-259
  • Warranty: Five years

Specs

Mariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver-Plated Elements & Gold-Plated Connector

Base Type Stainless Steel
Application VHF
Gain 6dB
Lead 20' RG-8X Coax
PL-259 connector
Elements Silver-plated Brass
Length 8'
Material Fiberglass
Polyurethane finish
Warranty 5 Years

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ShakespeareMariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver Plated Elements & Gold Plated Connector
 
5.0

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      5.0

      well worth the money

      By Captain Squint

      from Ukiah, Ca

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boat Antenna

        Comments about Mariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver Plated Elements & Gold Plated Connector:

        reception was great. well over 20mile range.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best antenna I've tested to date

        By Mark

        from Palm Bay, FL

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Excellent power output
        • Low VSWR
        • Strong Signal

        Cons

        • Packaging

        Best Uses

        • Offshore Communications

        Comments about Mariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver Plated Elements & Gold Plated Connector:

        Local west marine was out of stock for a replacement 5225 XP I was replacing, as well as comparable 8' VHF antennas. Took a chance on this top-of-the-line Mariner 8900, grumbling about the premium price.

        Installed antenna on boat with two radios and an existing 5225 XP. Came with a "clamp-on" PL-259 connector, which I was dubious about since I normally solder my own on. Turned out this clamp-on PL-259 connector was awesome.

        Tested this with an SWR meter and the VSWR was quite low, but the power output was showing a bit under 30 watts. (Radio maxes out at 25 watts, right?) Swapped with another radio and I got the same exact readings. Compared to my "good XP 5225", I had a bit higher VSWR and power of about 20 watts.

        Out in open water between Florida and the Bahamas, I found the reception to be outstanding and communication with other boats is clear. I'm so impressed that I went back later to purchase a second one, especially since it was on sale. I definitely feel like I got great value for what I paid for these 8900's.

        My only con, if any, is with the packaging. The tube itself is great, but the ends of the tube are secured with a flimsy, stapled-on plastic cap. Inside the cap is some foam to protect the antenna. Like others I've purchased, this end-cap is often chewed up from the shipping or something. By now you'd think they'd have a much better end cap that securely protects both ends of the antenna.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Extremely Well Built Antenna.

        By The Guardian

        from Louisville, KY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Strong and Solid

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hardtops and Radar Arches

          Comments about Mariner 8900 8' 6dB VHF Antennawith Silver Plated Elements & Gold Plated Connector:

          Bought this antenna to mount on the top of my bridge to replace the one that had broken due to excessive motion. I am very well pleased with the 8900. It's a very soild antenna and should hold up well under the hard pounding/whipping action that the antenna receives from running in rough water on the Ohio River.

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