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Old 07-03-2018, 2:11 PM
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I hope this is the right place to post this if not sorry please move thanks. i have a BCD436HP that i use in my truck its a ford expedition is there a antenna i can install that will up reception but not look like a crap low profile like? and will not brake the bank thanks for any info im sure this has been ask many times sorry. if look arount did not find anything.
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Old 07-03-2018, 2:16 PM
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What bands are you interested in? And what do you define as a "crap low profile?" Both Larsen and Laird make very good tri-band antennas that IMHO don't look bad at all. NMO mount in the center of the roof will be best but you can use a mag-mount base on them. Also the humble Spectrum Force mag mount works surprisingly well and shouldn't break anyone's bank, but it may not meet your standards of appearance.
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I use an all band antenna on my pickup truck. There are some clearance issues, so I use a fender bracket.

https://www.theantennafarm.com/catal...ic-mounts-297/

I imagine the Antenna Farm will have most any kind of antenna you desire.

There is a downside if you use the scanner elsewhere than your vehicle. Repeated antenna disconnections will become sloppy eventually.
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Thanks guys will have a look at some of them. Really don't know what i'm looking for lol i guess the one that will work the best with my scanner and not say look at at this big a## Antenna !!
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the larsen 150/450/800 triband antenna on a mag mount works great for me
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I've been using the Larsen Tri-Band on my vehicles for years and it performs very well. Nice low profile and several ways to mount it. Currently use mine with a hatch mount on a RAV4. See this thread for a picture:

https://forums.radioreference.com/ge...r-antenna.html
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Here are some pics of my Larsen install using a Comet hatch mount:
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I use the Larsen NMO 150-459-800 antenna connected to a mag mount its only 19 inches long works very well on my F-150 Ford pickup you can find it at https://www.cheapham.com
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I have a front fender mount and the Larsen 150/450/800 tri-band antenna other have mentioned on my F-150 for my BCD996P2:



I purchased this from theantennafrm.com - they offer several vehicle specific mounting brackets, including Expedition. I've found the antenna to work pretty well overall; VHF/800 MHz seems to receive better than UHF.
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I have a front fender mount and the Larsen 150/450/800 tri-band antenna other have mentioned on my F-150 for my BCD996P2:



I purchased this from theantennafrm.com - they offer several vehicle specific mounting brackets, including Expedition. I've found the antenna to work pretty well overall; VHF/800 MHz seems to receive better than UHF.
Nice install location hows that do in car washes....
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Nice install location hows that do in car washes....
Hand wash is no issue obviously, but for a machine wash I take all antennas off the truck and put one of these on each mount beforehand:

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Just ordered that very same bracket for my f-150...
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Just ordered that very same bracket for my f-150...
It fit very well on my '13 F-150 using the existing hardware and holes on the fender. I would suggest paining the bracket to match the truck as I have done, it really improves the look. DupliColor makes rattle cans that are close enough in color to Ford factory paint.
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