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need some advice, just pu a yaesu ft-60r and was wondering if there are any aftermaket antennas that are better then the one it came with? thanks windchaser usmm ret
 
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whats this know body knows anything abt a better antenna for the yeasu ft-60r in this forum?
You want an instant answer? Take your time, nobody will answer you if they aren't here 24 hours a day. Besides you can do yourself a favor by researching on your own all the online sources of amateur radio gear. Where did you buy the radio? That is a good place to start. It's a whole bunch easier if you do it that way. The internet has so much to offer.

I use several with my SMA equipped radios: SMA24, RD98.
 
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i posted on RR because i i want to get an answer from those who use radios more then some kid behind a counter trying to make a sale. you people know what i am asking most others don't.
 

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What frequencies are you wanting to monitor most?

I have a RS800 and RD98 that both work well (albeit at different frequencies).

Not using that particular scanner though.
 

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A smaller version of the RH77CA is the RH707, which does good job on the ham bands. If you want to also monitor broadband, the 77CA is the way to go.
 
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Check the offerings from Comet/Maldol and Diamond antennas. They make any number of after-market dual-band HT antennas. The best would be one that is a half-wave or 5/8 wavelength long on 2 meters and stacked 5/8 wave elements on 440, but this would be 3 feet long or so. So you probably want something shorter. There are several that are a quarter-wave on 2 and 5/8 wave on 440; these are anywhere from about a foot to 19 in. long and will still stick you in the armpit if you wear your HT on your belt. Most hams just go with a dual band antenna that is partly or fully wound into a coil and covered with rubber. They average about 7 inches but some are shorter. The stock antenna is of this sort. The more of the radiating element that is wound into a coil, the less effective the antenna but the easier it is to carry: the more it's stretched out, the better the antenna but the less convenient it will be on your belt.
Bob, WoNXN
 
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