Yep the Laird antennas are great if you're *just* going for the 800mhz band only and/or looking for a stealthy option.I use the Laird EXE806. It is a 8" 1/2 wave antenna with SMA or BNC or other connectors:
Item # EXE806, Tuf Duck® Portables Antenna on Laird Technologies
EXE-806-SM - Google Search
EXE-806-BN - Google Search
They go for about $28.
Now that I am looking back, what antenna do you have?, are you looking for a 800 Mhz or a 700 Mhz antenna, Please note there is a antenna forum here.I got this one. For my 396T. I broke two of the SMA to BNC connectors putting scanner in my pocket. Problem solved. Great coverage too! Still trying to find out if it's a good antenna to pick up 700 MHz frequencies (I would say so but have yet to really confirm it)
Ken, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine took my RS800 antenna to work and put it on his fancy (and very expensive) analyzer. At the time, he sent me a couple of JPGs of its performance and it was actually quite poor.Thanks for digging up a old dead thread, but hands down, if you want a good 800Mhz antenna this is it.I have three of them and its money well spent, if you want 800 Mhz this is it.
Sounds great Nick, I will look around and see about getting one.Ken, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine took my RS800 antenna to work and put it on his fancy (and very expensive) analyzer. At the time, he sent me a couple of JPGs of its performance and it was actually quite poor.
Its SWR was around ~4 from 850-870 Mhz and the bandwidth was quite narrow. That's quite terrible considering most 800 Mhz radios have low power output (3W) -- so in effect, that antenna would only put 2W out between 850-870 Mhz.
He compared it to my Laird 800 Mhz antenna (8.5") and its SWR was 1.5-2 from 850-870 but still stayed within ~4 range from 820-900 Mhz.
I'll see if I can dig up the JPGs...