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Dispatcher308 09-07-2004 3:35 PM

I must say I really like them they are somewhat Directional. I noticed when I had just the one facing south and it cut alot of my north out so I bought the 2nd one and faced it the other way and my reception tripled to the north. I have them about 3 feet apart approx 20 above my house and I can hear FDNY with some static from Northern Baltimore Co. Maryland

fish4it 09-07-2004 4:22 PM

my antenna is in my sig
 
I am pretty sure mine is a scanmaster vertical multiband ,the pic is at the bottom , works great for all trunked and non trunked freqs I have 2 scanners hooked up to it = pro 92 and a bc 855 xlt

DXKW 09-07-2004 5:09 PM

ANTENNAS
 
that is a pretty good shot from new york i see you run the rs 800 rubber
duck i just picked one up in indy last sat. i work for one of the race teams
so i used it this morning on my pro 96 in the car i was in toledo and it seems to do a good job i was listening to the msp detroit freeway post.
fish you posted about what kind of rig you should buy good question it
depends on what systems they are using in your area for digital i would
look at both the uniden 796/296 and the pro96 plus the new rs radio they are going to come out with. ask people who run some of these radios see what they say and thank you both for the reply.


tnx
dxkw

KT4HX 09-11-2004 10:30 AM

BC780XLT - Stock antenna in house for local EDACS and conventional
BC796D - NilJon Mobile in truck
Pro-96 - RS 800
Pro-95 - RS 800 or W-899
Pro-43 - Stock or W-899
Pro-2067 - Stock antenna
Pro-99 - Stock antenna

Update: Have an 800 MHz yagi coming my way now!

HamSexy007 09-15-2004 1:30 AM

Luckily, I have an issued 800 MHz portable so that covers my TRS needs. I also use my VHF AS3 portable quite a bit, since my primary interests for ham, work and other monitoring are on VHF.

The car has a BCT7 and a black Maxrad NMO mount VHF 1/4w, since most my scanning needs are covered by the other Motorola's in the car. I find that the VHF 1/4w is a great all-around mobile scanner, since it's cut for VHF and a 3/4w on UHF by default. All I use it for is aircraft and as a second receiver for a few conventional VHF/UHF systems. I've not had any problems with in-town receive on 800 MHz, either.

bigreddawg76 09-15-2004 9:51 AM

Car: BC796D w/ Radio Shack glass mount antenna
Home: BCT7 w/ Radio Shack magnet mount antenna in the attic

trimmerj 11-05-2004 11:23 PM

Homemade Coaxial Collinears and Verticle Dipole, Maxrad 800mhz yagi and Create 5130 Log Periodic

N4CYA 11-05-2004 11:28 PM

Howdy,
Im currently using the Telescoptected Antenna so far im inpressed
with the antenna deal

401402 11-08-2004 4:39 AM

colorado mtns using
 
on my pro 93 and new 96 using
icom-fa1443b
works good up here with vhf uhf and anlog 800 on the ski hills and other counties 800 system
have not used it on dtrs system yet

jacksinnj 01-04-2005 6:18 PM

Military surplus OE-254/GRC 30-88 MHz bicone. Works great from 10 MHz to over 162 MHz.

viciouspossum 01-04-2005 9:06 PM

Pro-95--GRE 800 mHz or RS 800 duckie (can't decide which is better: get more 400 mHz on the RS one I think, sister lives on a big hill and I was getting everything from miles around) or RS Deluxe for the non-trunk (seems to pick up state patrol better, here at the bottom of the hill); then the GRE goes on the Pro-83 and does great. Pro-46 I just use stock. No longer use the RS telescopic whip, nor the Pro-95 and Pro-83 stock'ers. :wink:

videobruce 09-09-2006 4:12 PM

Bump. Looking for new responses.............

hsdtech 09-09-2006 5:06 PM

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-Cushcraft 148-20T Dual Polarized 2m Beam
-Arrow 5 element UHF 432MHz Beam
-PAR OA-50 6m horizontal Omni
-VHF/UHF Dual Band Collinear
-ST2 Scantenna
-Homemade HF Dipole
-R.S. 800MHz Portable
-Diamond Multiband Portable HT/Scanner
-Diamond VHF/UHF Dual Band Mobile
-All Band Mini-Mag Scanner Mobile
-Comet Dual Band Portable HT/Scanner

KG4ZPD 09-09-2006 5:11 PM

The only one in use right now, in my mobile Diamond SG7900 NMO in use for my Yaseu FT90. Plan on installing a Motorola Spectra and/or an Ericcson Orion. I'll go with the standard vhf antenna when I do the install.

nycirnwrkr 09-09-2006 9:44 PM

Poll and Discussion
 
This is a great thread guys, gives a rookie like me a good idea of what people are using

thewenk 09-10-2006 12:40 AM

Primarily use:
1- Multiband verticle
1- Omni verticle

Base
Antenna Specialists MON731
Austin DFQ-800N (Custom center freq. of 770 MHz)
Tin Lee Electronics custom Diplexer LH7 550/650 (combines above two antennas)
Electroline EDA 2-GR Preamp

Handheld
Premier Pryme RD-8
Premier Pryme RD-9
Diamond RH77CA
Antenex EXC-806
Centurion EXD-450
Centurion EXS-150
Smiley 270A
GRE 800

Mobile
ComTelco A11331-Y Tri-Band Mag Mount
Workman KS-3 Tri-Band MAg Mount

prcguy 09-10-2006 11:15 AM

I use a lot of big commercial antennas for pulling in weak distant stuff. Hereís this weeks antenna lineup from top to bottom, left to right, etc.
AMRAD VLF/HF active whip
KMA Rover 80-1300MHz vertical log periodic
KMA 41-1300MHz horizontal log
SGC-230 HF tuner w/100ft wire
Astron (FAA) 100-800MHz discone
DB Products 8-bay 450-470 MHz UHF dipole array
DB Products 4-bay 150-165MHz dipole array
Maxrad 4-bay 150-165MHz dipole array
Eggbeater II RHCP antenna cut for UHF mil satcom w/filter and pre-amp
KRECO 100-800MHz Discone
Comet 6m collinear
Hy-Gain Penetrator cut for 10m
Mil AS-3900 30-90MHz vertical whip
Out of sight is a Nevada Double Discone (not impressed)
R/S Discone
Comet commercial GP-9
Thereís some exotic stuff that I donít have up permanently like EMI test dipoles, conical spirals, log periodics, military and microwave antennas.
prcguy

KOK5CY 09-10-2006 12:34 PM

antenna's used
 
Base is a RS Pro-2050 with that booster type antenna from RS . When i was running mobile i used a Larsen NMO150

timmer 09-10-2006 12:52 PM

Diamond d-130j discone mounted at top of tower, Grove scanner beam mounted 4 feet below that pointed north. Plan very soon to add another grove scanner beam pointed southwest to capture another monitoring interest. Possibly a Grove omni will also be added to the mix.

Napalm 09-10-2006 1:09 PM

I voted 1/4 gp. Homebrewed.

It's currently up on a mast at just above the ridge of the roof.

I also have around 6 other antennas in the loft / attic / roofspace. Mainly slim-jim's made out of 300 ohm twin, and cut for milair band. The GP is cut for around 230MHz (to cover most of mil-air and also one of our trunking bands at 205MHz).

Re: Post #37

I think you missed a spot, there's room for another antenna :o :eek: :o


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