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    How do they do wideband VHF Antennas?

    I really hate the short rubber duck antennas for VHF and have always opted for the 2 ft long flex "wire" antennas. I volunteer for CAP that does search and rescue and when you in the middle of noplace and there is no aircraft operating in the area having a good antenna is really nice. *Tried...
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    Replacement SMA antenna for 396XT

    Hi all, Thanks to a friend in my radio club, I'm now the proud owner of a used 396XT. Physical condition is a tad rough but that's fine since it works 100%. The only thing is the rubber duck antenna is cracked all the way through. Before I order an OEM replacement, I'm wondering if there's any...
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    Easy external scanner antenna project

    Here is an easy little project for an external scanner antenna with a few parts from the junk bin. This antenna is fine for somewhat local stations; for distant station scanning a tuned J-Pole or dipole antenna would work much better. And of course, the higher you can get this little guy up...
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    Uniden BC72XLT Supplied Antenna Gain (VHF Airband)

    I contacted Uniden a few days ago and got a response yesterday, the only problem is that the antenna will apparently give you "around 3db" of gain. The question is what that is measured in, and how much better a 1/2λ dipole would be. Full question & response quoted below.
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    Home Made Antenna Plans

    I have a Yaesu VX-6r and still have the rubber duck antenna on it that I would like to replace. While I have looked for new antennas online, I would really like to make my own if possible. Does anyone know of good DIY plans, schematics, or websites that show how to do this. Preferably ones...