The world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna

The GALAXY-INFL8 can be deflated and stowed after use The GALAXY-INFL8 can be deflated and stowed after use

Antenna manufacturer Shakespeare Marine is to launch what is believed to be the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna at METSTRADE 2018.

The GALAXY-INFL8 can be deployed via an embedded canister or manual tube and inflates to 1.6m to offer a full 3dB high visibility unit and a range of up to three times greater than a helical emergency antenna.

“In the past, emergency antenna have sacrificed length and range to be stowed easily,” said Dave Manasseh, Shakespeare European sales manager. “We wanted to change that. The GALAXY-INFL8 is the culmination of years of hard work from our engineering and design specialists to produce a full 3dB emergency antenna that is 1.6m in length and can be stored in a 250mm space. It’s a game-changer for emergency communications.”

Improved range

The product is supplied with a splice connector, enabling connection to existing radio cables to further improve radio transmission range.

It has been designed with features aimed at enhancing a users’ safety at sea, including contrasting colours to allow it to be seen day and night and built-in reflective strips for extra visibility.

The antenna is mounted with hook and loop straps and due to its inflatable design and manual valve can be deflated and stowed after use.

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