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Old 07-10-2018, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by trp2525 View Post
If you have some room in the attic or near a window on an upper floor (highest is best), you might want to consider a 1/4 wave ground plane tuned for the railroad frequencies. You could make one yourself or consider Centerfire Antenna which makes one that is tuned to 150-165 MHz which covers the railroad band. It's made (in the USA) of aluminum and stainless steel, has an SO-239 connector (which mates with a PL-259 connector), has a "Limited Lifetime Warranty" and is reasonably priced at $29.95 (plus $8 shipping):

A second option from Centerfire Antenna would be their Scanner Dipole. They have one that covers 156-165 MHz and it uses a 300-ohm to 75-ohm matching transformer that has an F connector (standard cable TV connector) to hook up to your coax. The price is $31.95 (plus $8.00 shipping): Scanner Dipoles US Dipole
Those are reasonably priced ground plane antennas. The one for 150 - 165 MHz would do a good job in the attic as long as the roof is not metal. As mentioned before, even 50 feet of RG-58 would not present enough loss to matter.
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