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Since 1897, Shakespeare® has been a leader in quality and innovation. William Shakespeare Jr. started the company as a fishing reel manufacturer, but soon expanded into manufacturing of fishing line and fiberglass fishing rods. Through innovation in the fiberglass rod manufacturing, the company started making fiberglass antennas in the early 1950s and has since then grown to become the world's leading manufacturer of marine and military antennas.

Today, Shakespeare® is a global antenna brand with a reputation for superior quality, performance and durability. With manufacturing and distribution centers in Asia, North America and Europe, we are positioned to deliver excellent service to our customers worldwide. We have a rich tradition serving both military and civilian customers globally, and we offer our customers high quality products that have been perfected through a strong collaboration with professionals, navies and coast guards since 1952.

Although we are very proud of our premier antenna portfolio, our approach to satisfying customers reaches far beyond antenna design and technology. With unparalleled focus on service and ease of doing business, there is simply no reason to look anywhere else for your antenna partner.

INFL8-5 Inflatable VHF Antenna


5' (1.5m) Galaxy®-INFL8 VHF 3dB - Inflatable Emergency & Special Purpose Antenna.

Ideal for:  Emergency Antenna, Backup Antenna, Kayaks, Jet Skis, Inflatables & Dingeys.

The GALAXY INFL8-5 by Shakespeare is the world's first emergency antenna with the performance to earn the GALAXY name. It is an inflatable antenna that can be rapidly deployed via a CO2 cartridge or a manual tube and inflates to 5 ft (1.6 m) to offer a full 3dB antenna with a range of up to three times greater than any existing helical emergency antenna. Thanks to its inflatable design, the antenna can be deflated and stowed away safely in its easy-to-spot storage bag until it is needed again.

The antenna can be mounted with its hook and loop straps allowing for quick and easy installation in any weather to stanchions, outriggers or other vertical structures on board. The antenna also features grommets on the top and bottom to facilitate hanging and securing to spreaders, masts, hard tops and other structures even in case the inflatable bladder becomes damaged.

The connectors included in the package allow for versatile connection options. The pre-soldered PL-259 connector allows connection to a Fixed VHF directly or a handheld via the included SMA Adaptor. The package also includes a solder-free female UHF connector that allows the antenna to be spliced into existing coax cables on the boat.


  1. Not for use as a personal flotation device.
  2. Not for use as a visual distress signal.
  3. Not suitable for submersible/ man overboard applications.

HAM Radio and AIRBAND Antenna 

The original INFL8-5 Inflatable VHF Marine antenna design has been adapted for HAM radio and AIRBAND frequencies.These versions offer the same features as the original INFL8-5 VHF Inflatable Marine antenna but tuned to a range of frequencies for each application.
Click on the pictures below for detailed information on the INFL8-Marine (156MHz-162MHz), INFL8-HAM  Dual Band (144MHz-148MHz and 430MHz-440MHz) and INFL8-Airband (118MHz-136MHz) antenna range.
                              INFL8-MARINE                                       INFL8-HAM                                    INFL8-AIRBAND