Antennae for MilAir(VHF/UHF)

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rafale01010

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What antennae would be good for the VHF/UHF part of MilAir?If i can ever find a good deal on a Pro-60,i will be needing a mobile to put on the truvk for our trip tothe West and i need an antennae for that because i am going to use the Pro-60 for MilAir only and 96 for all others and i already have a mobile for the 96.
 

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I don't know of anything specifically tuned for milair, so we'll go with broadbanded antennas - the NilJon is one, I know Comtelco and AOR also make these as well. Our scanner antennas wiki has links (see the Universal page links for NilJon and AOR - I'm sure there are other distributors, too)....73 Mike
 
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That's not a mobile antenna, though with the right mount, it's possible - it's so thin at the top, that it probably wouldn't stand up well to highway speeds

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If your really a hard core mil air freak you can get a surplus VHF/UHF aircraft antenna and stick it on your trunk. I have a nice Collins version but haven't crossed the line into freak category yet.
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Very tough to cover those two bands in a mobile. Not even the military does it. They usually use a 1/4 wave for VHF and a fat dipole for the UHF. The dipole actually does a better job of picking up stuff outside the UHF band than a 1/4 wave UHF would. I would just pick which band you're interested in most and go with a 1/4. Trim a basic 1/4 to 9" for UHF. You'll still get VHF. I'm working on a UHF mobile design now, but it won't be done for a while. I'll be offering that with a VHF as well. You would probably have a hard time ordering the ones they actually use, and it would be a lot of money even if they sold you one.

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hmmmm

Would my existing mobile scanner antennae i got from RS do a good job?its model number 20-032,it costs $35 and works good with what i can pick up around my area.
 

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They claim it's 25-1300 MHz, which is always silly because so is a coat-hangar. But looks like they have a VHF and UHF element in there, so it would probably work good enough. Anything is better than the hand-held antenna.

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The US military has lots of single and dual band aircraft antennas for vehicular use but the mounts are kinda big for your average car. Many new installations have a Shakespeare or Valcom 30 to 512MHz (continuous!) whip for the PRC-117F and newer multiband hand helds. I have one of the 30-512 Shakespeare whips that will eventually go on a commo shelter project.
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Very tough to cover those two bands in a mobile. Not even the military does it. They usually use a 1/4 wave for VHF and a fat dipole for the UHF. The dipole actually does a better job of picking up stuff outside the UHF band than a 1/4 wave UHF would. I would just pick which band you're interested in most and go with a 1/4. Trim a basic 1/4 to 9" for UHF. You'll still get VHF. I'm working on a UHF mobile design now, but it won't be done for a while. I'll be offering that with a VHF as well. You would probably have a hard time ordering the ones they actually use, and it would be a lot of money even if they sold you one.

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I've dealt mostly with AF stuff, but I do think I recall seeing that somewhere. I'd be curious to look at that on the monitor.

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Raf, I have used the NILJON Super M Mobile antenna coupled to my Uniden BC396T in my car. I live in Suburban Chicago and I can hear O'hare's ground controllers from 25 miles away.
The NILSON, is expensive and odd looking. However, it does well for Civil Air, MilAir and other frequency ranges. I hope this helps.
Joe N9JCQ
 
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