The first inflatable emergency VHF antenna

Shakespeare Marine, world leader in marine antenna design, announces it has been nominated for the highly prestigious DAME Design Award in the lifesaving and safety equipment category. The Shakespeare Marine GALAXY-INFL8 is the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna and is launching at METSTRADE 2018.

The DAME Design Award is a hotly contested marine equipment competition, which for 28 years has focused attention on the art and science of marine equipment design, from styling, functionality and innovation, through to ease of implementation and practicality of use. The judging panel comprises of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers along with marine electronics and accessory experts, and a nomination is recognition of a product being the cream of the crop of design practice in the marine industry.

Shakespeare Marine’s GALAXY-INFL8 is the first emergency antenna with the performance to carry the GALAXY name. It can be rapidly deployed via an embedded canister or manual tube and inflates to 1.6 meters (5 feet) to offer a full 3dB functioning unit and a range of up to three times greater than any existing helical emergency antenna. The GALAXY-INFL8 is also supplied with a unique splice connector, enabling fast and efficient connection to existing radio cables, which further improves the radio transmission range – another industry first.

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