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APX7000 V/7/8 stubby antenna

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Hello all,

I'm wondering if anyone can give any advice on stubby antennas and how effective they are. I currently have the long arm pit poker (and eye poker when it's in my bunker coat pocket). I'm sure they do fine on repeated channels, but we use simplex channels regularly in my county and I want to make sure I will still be able to hear and be heard on those channels.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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I did an totally unscientific comparison using the APX RSSI display and the local NOAA WX channel. I saw about 8 "points" degregation on the shorter antenna.
I wouldn't call the shorter one I have a "stubby". It's maybe 2-3" shorter than the full. But it's a lot more comfortable than the full.
 
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I have been using the newest "shorter V/7/8" antenna and have seen no real difference in performance in any of the bands ( I have TX and RX capabilities in all three). I wouldn't call it a stubby either, but is no doubt more comfortable than the 1st generation that felt like a low band antenna. :)
 

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Do you have a part number on that? I have seen the "stubby" one you are referencing at places such as eBay referring to it as "OEM" but no one lists a part number, and I don't see any option other than the "pit poker" (NAR6594A) on MOL
 

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I did what thunderknight did minus using a noaa channel and got the same results on a apx6000. Ive been running a stubby for a long while now and haven't had any issues. I'm sure someone out there will say different though. Nar6595 is the part number on mine.
 

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There is at least one company who makes custom cut/tuned antennas.
When i carried an APX6000, and didnt need the GPS, i swapped my 700/800 out for one i bought on ebay.

Of course, this was on a strong statewide p25 system, so i didnt see any degradation.

Shorter then the OEM stubby
 
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According to my order slip, I have a NAR6596A. So now I'm confused :) It does say VHF 7-800 GPS on the antenna.
That is the correct antenna that is the shorter of the three, not what I would call a stubby though. I have the same in service and works just fine. For some reason the 96A isn't listed there and I had to wait until I got home to look at the part # that I have here.
 
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