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Old 06-19-2009, 5:01 PM
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Question Need Help Choosing a New 800MHZ Trunking Radio or Scanner

I have a Uniden 264t, a Pro-97, and a Pro-433, but none of them get the kind of reception that I would like no matter what type of antenna I use. I am only monitoring the 800Mhz Motorola trunking band (Fort Worth, Texas) and was wondering if anybody knew of a different scanner or commercial radio that would give me better reception? I only NEED 14 or 15 channles, but if I had access to more I would use them. If anybody has any suggestions that would be great.

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Old 06-19-2009, 6:43 PM
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Have you considered buying an 800 MHz Band Specific antenna , or connecting to a roof-top 800 MHz Yagi aimed at FW ?

What sort of antenna are you using now that isn't "up to snuff" ?
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Well, I really don't use my radios at home. I am usually in my car or walking around at the scene of a call, so somehting like a yagi really wouldn't help. But thanks for the input.

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Old 06-19-2009, 6:48 PM
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Jared,

The scanners your using have nothing to do with what you can and cannot hear, unless your talking about digital.

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Really does not help us/anyone tell you how to improve your area of reception unless you tell us what your actually using or what you have tried.

3 of the major concerns should be:

1) Concentrate on the frequency or frequencies your looking to receive when it comes to an antenna (most times a Yagi is your best bet is the desired stations are in the same coverage[MHz] area)

2) Get whatever antenna you choose as high as you can.

3) Do some research on coax and get some good stuff, cheap coax is the same as using a Junk antenna (not going to recommend coax, everyone has different opinions, do your homework).

Good luck on your hobby.
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I have a Uniden 264t, a Pro-97, and a Pro-433, but none of them get the kind of reception that I would like no matter what type of antenna I use. I am only monitoring the 800Mhz Motorola trunking band (Fort Worth, Texas) and was wondering if anybody knew of a different scanner or commercial radio that would give me better reception? I only NEED 14 or 15 channles, but if I had access to more I would use them. If anybody has any suggestions that would be great.

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Old 06-19-2009, 7:05 PM
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Follow up...Apparently your talking about a portable.

Would have been nice to know that in the original post you made.

So most of what i said can be regarded.
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