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Old 09-21-2012, 6:24 PM
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Hey everyone,

Here's my setup

My scanners are as follows:

PRO-92
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HP-1 (with the advanced update)
PRO-90 (with Discriminator tap, its hiding to the right of the stack, feeding unitrunker)


I'm in Orange County, CA and renting an apt, so my outdoor antenna options are limited (read: I can't have any) so here's the best i can do.. they do ok, wish i could do better, but i think im getting the best reception i can get given restrictions... however i havent tried any inline amplifiers or the like yet
Pardon the cat furniture.


thanks for taking a look and im always open to suggestions

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Old 09-21-2012, 6:27 PM
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I like it! Looks great to me
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Old 09-21-2012, 6:36 PM
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Very nice, Great Job!
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Old 09-21-2012, 6:43 PM
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very nice
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Old 09-21-2012, 6:52 PM
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Very nice shack in my opinion. Since I too am an apartment dweller, I feel your pain; no outside antenna for me either.

I see a couple of Austin Spectras in the window, right? Damn good antenna (mine's on the car).

Nice shack and thanks for sharing.

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Love the cat tree! Nice and organized setup.
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Old 09-21-2012, 7:33 PM
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What kind of antennas are those ? Are they actually Mobile Antennas with mag mounts ?
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Old 09-21-2012, 8:14 PM
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Two Austin Spectras, a Laird 800Mhz and an Antennex from left to right. they are all mobile antennas that don't need a ground plane attached to magnetic mobile mounts stuck to the window sill
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Old 09-21-2012, 8:42 PM
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Looks great, do what you can in the restrictions and you have..GREAT
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Old 09-21-2012, 9:39 PM
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Top-floor apartments often have attic scuttle holes in the ceiling of a closet.

And if yours doesn't they aren't hard to create. Stud finder, keyhole saw, some baseboard molding, a square piece of plywood, paint that matches the ceiling and ... you're good to go.
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Old 09-22-2012, 8:34 AM
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Matt:

A real nice job with the set-up given the restrictions! Good maximizing of space and reception potential! Quick question for you. Mag mounts "typically" need some type of metal surface (acts likie a groundplane) to perform in an optimal fashion inside the shack. Some guys use a file cabinet, cookie sheet, AC unit etc. Looks like yours are on a non-metal window sill. Just wondering if you have tried a metal surface to see if your reception improves? I would think it should.

Thanks for posting the pics! P.S. Is that Pro-2066 on it's side (not a 2006)?

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:45 AM
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Looks Good.
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Nice station!

Oh, and the cat tree is great! They can sit there and smack your antennas when they get bored!
As others above has said, a metal surface under those antennas would help. Try a pizza pan or cookie sheet on top of a book case, or if you have a drop ceiling with the steel dividers, that's even better.

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Looks pretty nice, and like everyone else has said, the mag-mount antennas would do better if they were on something metal.
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Old 09-23-2012, 2:47 AM
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very nice set up..
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OK...


I'll give the cookie sheets a shot.. I didnt know if they needed them because the antennae didn't need a ground plane, but I'll admit my knowledge on antennas and optimization is shaky at best

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Matt:

A real nice job with the set-up given the restrictions! Good maximizing of space and reception potential! Quick question for you. Mag mounts "typically" need some type of metal surface (acts likie a groundplane) to perform in an optimal fashion inside the shack. Some guys use a file cabinet, cookie sheet, AC unit etc. Looks like yours are on a non-metal window sill. Just wondering if you have tried a metal surface to see if your reception improves? I would think it should.

Thanks for posting the pics! P.S. Is that Pro-2066 on it's side (not a 2006)?

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Yup! I mistyped.. its a 2066... I leave on the main dispatch talkgroup for Orange County Fire Auth. so i dont miss a dispatch while messing around with other talkgroups!

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Try mounting your antennas to the top of the cat tree... assuming the cat doesn't mind... Lol
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Nice set up bigmatty,

Do you like that condor antenna on the 245xlt ?

Also how does the 996 perform compared to the 796 units... I have a 15x. My next purchase will be the 996 or a new digital model. I have the austins ok my mobile....love that antenna.
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Looks really good. Like the antennas
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