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WHAT IS A Shakespeare Style 176

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Found this in great condition. Does anyone know which model antenna this is and is it for CB? Is there anyway to tell what it is? It does say Shakespeare Style 176 on the bottom fiberglass? Ron
 

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Wouldn't that unit be tuned for the VHF hi marine band (like what you'd use to hail the coast gaurd from your vessle)? Not the actual "civilain band" (CB) that truckers and the motoring public use.
 

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Wouldn't that unit be tuned for the VHF hi marine band (like what you'd use to hail the coast gaurd from your vessle)? Not the actual "civilain band" (CB) that truckers and the motoring public use.
No it's for CB use Many boats used to or still do have CB's on em so they can chat with other boats. [I know MANY fishing boats use CB's to chit chat amongst themselves] Many also would have VHF radios as well but use another antenna for that one.
 

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I see on the spec sheet it does state it is a "cb" antenna. Hook it up and give it a try!
 

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The original 176 had an aluminum mounting pipe for home use and the connector was recessed in the pipe pointing down. The marine version has a small threaded chrome marine mount at the base and the coax connector sticks out the side of the mount. It's intended to have a second marine bracket mid way up the lower tube to take stress off the lower mount.
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Essentially an end-fed 1/2 wave for 11 meters. It has a pretty lossy matching network in the bottom section to get the impedance to 50 ohms. They work quite well though and are fairly broadbanded.
 

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Its a center fed coaxial dipole and the only matching is a critical length of coax inside. Don't confuse the Shakespeare 176 "Big Stick" with an Antron or Imax.

Shakespeare made the 3 piece Army Big Stick and another variant much later and these were end fed 5/8 or .64 wavelength.
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Essentially an end-fed 1/2 wave for 11 meters. It has a pretty lossy matching network in the bottom section to get the impedance to 50 ohms. They work quite well though and are fairly broadbanded.
 

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Is the Antron or Imax or Big Stick better than each other? Are they about the same. Thanks Ron

Its a center fed coaxial dipole and the only matching is a critical length of coax inside. Don't confuse the Shakespeare 176 "Big Stick" with an Antron or Imax.

Shakespeare made the 3 piece Army Big Stick and another variant much later and these were end fed 5/8 or .64 wavelength.
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The spec sheet clearly says (gain = 7.65 dbi) so the anwer is "referenced to an imaginary isotropic antenna."
 

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I asked if the Antron, Imax or Big stick was better, but it looks like the Big Stick has a better db gain of 7.65. This is better than the newer antennaS. Am I reading this correctly? Ron
 

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The spec sheet clearly says (gain = 7.65 dbi) so the anwer is "referenced to an imaginary isotropic antenna."
I didn't see the "i" in the top section. The table just says dB. That still means they lie about their gain figures like most of the other antenna manufacturers do. A 1/2 wave antenna only has a gain of 2.1 dBi.
 

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Their "misstatement" of the antenna's actual gain is probably prompted by the fact that their market for the antenna is the marine market selling to non-techie users, meaning boaters no disrespect. Still and all, with the antenna lengths listed they must have a lot of non-functional fiberglass in those units!
 

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This thread sounds like a boring ham tread. I guess we are all about high tech cheap 100 dollar antennas. I guess it comes down to the three antennas are crap. I think I'll go with the coat hanger. Ron
 
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