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Old 11-14-2017, 12:11 PM
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Question Good multi-band antenna

I am looking to purchase an antenna for mobile use to pick up 450-470 MHz and 700/800 band. I have found these 2 antennas.

http://www.theantennafarm.com/catalo...-001-4286.html

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Austin Spectra Mobile Antenna | Scanner Master

Does anyone have any experience with either of these antennas? And if so, what are your recommendations.
I was also considering a diplexer, and use 2 antennas, but I didn't find one to split those bands appropriately. Any recommendations along those lines would be welcome as well.
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Old 11-14-2017, 2:04 PM
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I am looking to purchase an antenna for mobile use to pick up 450-470 MHz and 700/800 band. I have found these 2 antennas.

http://www.theantennafarm.com/catalo...-001-4286.html
WAY overkill. You can get a suitable antenna for much cheaper:
http://www.theantennafarm.com/catalo...canc-1048.html
http://www.theantennafarm.com/catalo...-800-1050.html

The Laird you linked to has a very large base, a few inches in diameter, and honestly they look ridiculous on anything but a fire truck, service truck, etc. The less expensive antennas I linked to will work just as well for what you are doing.

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Austin Spectra Mobile Antenna | Scanner Master

Does anyone have any experience with either of these antennas? And if so, what are your recommendations.
I was also considering a diplexer, and use 2 antennas, but I didn't find one to split those bands appropriately. Any recommendations along those lines would be welcome as well.
Thanks.
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Other than adding low band capability, which you didn't indicate you needed, it's an awful expensive antenna. The ones I linked to above are made by commercial antenna companies. Installed correctly, it'll easily outlast your car. I've got Larsen antennas that are 30 years old.
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Ill second the larson antennas. Had several of the tri band antennas on my old truck years ago when i had several scanners in it. NMO mount with excellent performance.
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I have had good luck with the Laird tri-band. I have not had experience with it receiving 700-800 MHz as nothing I monitor is in that range. VHF and UHF are very good...even low band.

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Thanks for the info. I'll look into those antennas.
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I use the Spectra. Why? Because it can be tuned for 30-50Mhz which is needed here in California for the CHP. Works well on low band despite being very compact. You can also transmit on 2 meters and 440 with good results. I don't do that very much, but it is handy. Elsewhere, if you don't need low band, I'd get the Larson.
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I too use the Spectra, through the last 20 years, it has been my scanner antenna. I have had to use it as a tramitting antenna, in a pinch. That means it is insurance policy if your normal vhf/uhf antenna craps out. Prior to that, I have used other antenna that have corroded, bases rusted, ; just did not hold up over one car. I drove 60K miles per year.. Larsen makes good antennas too but the Austin Spectra is the Cadillac of scanner antennas. Over the years, there have been many RR discussions on scanner antennas. Pretty much any external antenna works but the Spectra keeps working long after the other have hit the scrap pile. So over the life of the antenna, the Spectra has cost me less per year than other s I have had.
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I use my 6m half wave dipole with my scanner.
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I use my 6m half wave dipole with my scanner.
Though the OP didn't exactly specify, the two antennas he linked are mobile units. I would think that a half-wave 6M dipole would be just a little bit cumbersome on a car or a pickup.
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Though the OP didn't exactly specify, the two antennas he linked are mobile units. I would think that a half-wave 6M dipole would be just a little bit cumbersome on a car or a pickup.
What about a 2m/440 mag mount then?
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