Originally devised for the commercial shipping industry, Automatic Identification System or AIS has proven quite useful for recreational boaters as well. By keeping users apprised of the course and speed of other vessels, AIS-dedicated antennas increase safety and security. With a variety of units specifically designed to meet the broader bandwidth requirements of all popular AIS transceivers, Shakespeare offers choices for almost any application.
Shakespeare‘s 396-1-AIS features commercial-grade construction with a mast mounting sleeve. Manufactured in one section from brass and copper elements, this center-fed 1/2-wave coaxial sleeve model has an SO-239 connector at the base and includes U-bolts.
Model 6396-AIS, a Phase III antenna, provides AIS functionality while enabling communication via marine VHF frequencies. Its foam-filled radome and silver-plated elements improve both performance and longevity. A stainless steel mounting sleeve accommodates easy installation and stowage.
Boaters can count on reliable communication with the 4′ 5396-AIS Little Giant. Its commercial-grade fiberglass construction, including a stainless steel ferrule with 1″-14 thread, delivers outstanding durability and performance. Its high-gloss Galaxy polyurethane finish resists sun damage. Twenty feet of RG-8/X cable and a PL-259 connector are included.
Among Shakespeare’s well-known Squatty Body series, the 5215-AIS enhances transmission quality with masthead mounting. Its tin-plated copper wire coil is sealed for reliable performance in all conditions. This 3′ low profile model comes with an SO-239 connector and stainless steel L-shaped bracket.
Installation is simple with Shakespeare’s 5250-AIS Skinny Mini. This compact, 3′ stainless steel whip style antenna has a chrome-plated brass canister to minimize de-tuning. A PL-259 connector and 15’ of RG-58 coaxial cable are included. This model requires a center-hole installation, such as that supplied with Shakespeare ratchet or rail mount styles.
Shakespeare’s AIS antenna offering has an option to fit any budget, ranging in price from $90 to $411.
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