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2 questions about the uniden 346xt

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mattnelson26

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Is there a better antenna for the uniden 346xt then the stock one?

where do i find the belt clip for the uniden 346xt i have the part on the scanner i just need the other part to go on the belt to hook to?

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Is there a better antenna for the uniden 346xt then the stock one?

where do i find the belt clip for the uniden 346xt i have the part on the scanner i just need the other part to go on the belt to hook to?

thanks,
matt
Matt,
The choice for a "better" antenna would really depend on what you were trying to monitor.

If your main interest was 800MHz trunked systems, a good choice would be the Radio Shack 800MHz antenna. You would need to use the SMA->BNC adapter for that antenna. It works well for 800MHz and also Uhf (450-470MHz), though not quite so well for Vhf-high. I use this antenna on one of my 396TX's.

If your main interest leaned toward Vhf-high and Uhf, then I'd suggest the Diamond RH77CA. That antenna is also available in an SMA version that would not require using the SMA/BNC adapter. Also take a look at the RH789. This is a telescoping antenna, and is marked with a chart showing the length to use for a specific band. I've used this one on my Home Patrol with good results.

More antenna comments and suggestions can be found over in the Scanner/Receiver Antennas forum.

Uniden shows this to be the belt clip. Indicates as out of stock on Uniden's page, but 'in stock' here.
 

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i know it seems that everyone raves about the diamond antennas. imho, although they sometimes work, i believe they also increase the snr <signal/noise ratio>. this is especially true with my portables. i did not notice this effect on a base, but i do have better choices for base antennas. i have also had better luck with the telescoping whips, and the rs 800 meg. antenna. heres a neat trick <although not new> if you have a window/s with a baseboard radiator under it/them, put a magnetic mount whip there. also if you have something metal that you can use as a base foundation for the mag. mount, try putting it at window level. just for safety, if you have kid's/pet's/clumsy people DO NOT use anything heavy as your base <counterpoise>. no sense in hurting anyone. you can also try <if doable> the old stick a mag,mount antenna on the fridge trick. there are several real low profile mobile antennas, that fit this project nicely.
 
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if you are option limited, because of space, apartment restrictions etc. , i would go with something like a telescoping whip like the above poster recommended. there are whips that are cheaper <cost wise> though. although it is not made to specifically cover vhf-lo band, it will probably give you an advantage over a rubber duck type antenna. fool around with adjusting the length between the bands you want. you should be able to get some type of good comprimise.
 
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