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Old 08-25-2013, 10:34 PM
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Ordered one of those ST2 antennas last Tuesday, it was delivered on Friday! Finally got to it today, and have been listening for a few hours now. I think it was a good purchase, the strength of the signals I'm receiving have increased noticeably. Almost sounds like a preamp connected!
Haven't gotten the antenna up as high as I would like yet, and I'm only listening to VHF-Hi and airband stuff, so I can't comment on the other ranges of frequencies the ST2 is supposed to be good for. Police and fire calls in the 155 range, and commercial aircraft band are my interests.
For the price, this is a no-brainer, easy to install. I'll have to try turning it a little as others have posted that it is somewhat directional, I'll have to find out how that affects the signals.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:44 PM
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Congrats! The ST2 is definitely a good antenna.
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I ordered one as well. Should be here the end of the week. Enjoy!
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A good antenna trumps any preamp. Good antennas like the ST-2 should be the first consideration. Preamps are primarily to make up for losses in long cable runs from antenna to radio. No long cable run? Then no preamp likely necessary.

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It's a good club to be in-buying an ST-2 antenna.
It's well worth the money....
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:55 PM
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Discovered today just how 'directional' this omnidirectional ST2 is! Looking at the antenna on my tower, I decided that it just looked like it should be facing the opposite way. Took my little handheld up with me, and turned the antenna (no rotor, lol) and immediately could tell a difference in the signals from the Birmingham airport. Listening to the tower some tonight-though it's still weak and scratchy. More height, next on my agenda, may get me better signal.
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Yup, that's another interesting thing about that antenna.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:21 AM
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Ordered mine a few min. ago.
IT hasn't arrived yet
Hope this Solid Signal establishment is also good luck for me.
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It does stand to reason that the ST-2 (or any long vertical dipole like it, such as the vintage Monitenna) is bound to be somewhat directional. The mast it's mounted on probably acts like a reflector of sorts. The only way around this would be to mount this on a totally fiberglass mast.
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The only way around this would be to mount this on a totally fiberglass mast.
Don't give me any ideas...

Anyone have reasonable luck on 800mhz. using this in comparison to something else they may have used on 800?
I have two 800mhz. 8-element yagi's up so I will be able to do a comparison once I get mine up.

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Don't give me any ideas...

Anyone have reasonable luck on 800mhz. using this in comparison to something else they may have used on 800?
I have two 800mhz. 8-element yagi's up so I will be able to do a comparison once I get mine up.

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Well I can pick up 900MHz freqs just fine with the ST2, so I guess it would good on the 800MHz band too.
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Well I can pick up 900MHz freqs just fine with the ST2, so I guess it would good on the 800MHz band too.
Good to hear! Ordered it on Thurs and ground shipping is showing a delivery of tomorrow (Sat.)
Nice long weekend to try it out.
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