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Help identifying CB antenna - pics inside

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Hey Guys,
I was recently given this antenna by a friend, but I have no idea what it is. I think its a cb antenna due to the construction, but I'm not familiar with the terminal connections (end fittings). The cord on the antenna reads
"RG-58A". There is no adjustment also on the antenna base or antenna for a SWR tune.

Any help on identifying and getting the right kind of adapters would be appreciated. Im running a Cobra handheld 38wxst (bnc antenna connection).







 
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i believe that this is an external vehicle antenna for the old analog cellular car phones. The connector is right, complete with the short adapter cable to allow use of the antenna with a hand-held phone such as the Nokia 6160 and the Motorola "StarTac" line. It could also be a dual-band VHF/ UHF business band antenna.

The wavelength will be too short for CB use.
 
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The connector on the end of the antenna coax is an FME female.
You can purchase FME adapters from many vendors on line, just do a search.

I doubt that is a CB antenna, if it is/was, it wasn't a good one. Too short.
I agree with WB6APX, it's probably an 800MHz cellular antenna.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Is there anyway to repurpose this antenna so I can use it with my BaoFeng BF-F8HP handheld?
Nope. Not effectively anyway. It would probably work nicely for a scanner trunking 700-800 mhz. though. :). 73, n9zas
 

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Looking a little closer, some of the ISP trooper cars have had these in the past or a very close version. 73, n9zas
 
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Thanks for the replies. Is there anyway to repurpose this antenna so I can use it with my BaoFeng BF-F8HP handheld?
Actually, it will probably work on 140 to 150 Mhz with no modification.

Most of those 800Mhz AMPS antennas are 5/8 wave or similar construction.
The coil in the center is a phasing coil at 800Mhz.
They usually end up being pretty close to a loaded 1/4 wave at around 150 Mhz.

You may have to trim a bit off of it to bring the SWR down at 150, but most of them I have dealt with have had an acceptable SWR, without modification on 2M or the 150Mhz LMR/MURS band..
 
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