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Pro 668 antenna range

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WeBeCinYa

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I have a Pro 668, and I have a couple questions about signal range. I realize that there are many factors sometimes with terrain, ect...but what is the typical range for 668 with the 800mhz RS antenna?

Reason I ask, I am moving to a more rural area and may need to buy an external antenna for outside of my home to pick up transmissions. Will be listening to 150 mhz freq mostly...maybe a few 400 mhz.

Any recommendations appreciated on antenna set up too!

Thanks!
 

IAmSixNine

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The unit its self really doesnt determine the range. Its more of the system (conventional or trunking) and frequency band your trying to monitor.
Example, a conventional VHF frequency may run higher power then a P25 trunking simulcast system.
I would get to the location first, find what you want to monitor then assess if your looking for better reception on VHF, UHF or 800 or a combination of them or all of them. Based on that you can then narrow down a better antenna for the handheld or maybe a roof antenna.
You may be in a situation where VHF comes in great but your not close to a 800 trunking system so an external antenna for 800 would be all you need.
 

Wackyracer

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I have a Pro 668, and I have a couple questions about signal range. I realize that there are many factors sometimes with terrain, ect...but what is the typical range for 668 with the 800mhz RS antenna?

Reason I ask, I am moving to a more rural area and may need to buy an external antenna for outside of my home to pick up transmissions. Will be listening to 150 mhz freq mostly...maybe a few 400 mhz.

Any recommendations appreciated on antenna set up too!

Thanks!
I pickup 450mhz analog 30 miles away. I would plan on getting a better external antenna and possibly a signal booster amp.

I currently use a over the air (OTA) TV antenna system I have in my attic. Because I had everything but BNC to "F" adapters.
 

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I will be moving soon to a more (very) rural area myself, but will be ridge top at 2,800' elevation with 360 degree views.

Even with those advantages, I will be installing a homebrew SlimJim about 10' above the roof which should be more than adequate for VHF / UHF / 800 MHz reception.

You should make one for yourself and see how it goes for a few months. I assume that most (if not all) of your reception will be from a repeater, so I doubt you will need anything more than that.
 
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