Anyone use a MFJ-1532N TriBand 144/440/1.2 GHz

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CityLights

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I was looking at antennas at the local Toronto ham shop and saw this antenna MFJ-1532N Pulsar 144/440/1.2 GHz Base/Repeater Antenna. 4.5 dB gain on 2 meters, 8.3 dB gain on 440 MHz and a whopping 11.7 dB gain on 1.2 GHz. 5.5 feet. http://radioworld.ca/product_info.php?cPath=73_202_191_193&products_id=4283

I Was wondering if anyone can share their experience with it on the specified bands. I know the 1.2GHz is for the D-star network but I would also like to know is how this antenna performs 'receive only' on the 800MHz band.

ultimately I would like to find a 144/440/860 antenna with similar specs and price, but haven't lucked out yet.
 

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For mobile (ham tx & rx) I have been using the Comet SB-94 and SB-97 in my vehicles.
They work well especially in the 1.2ghz band, but the gain figures most of these antenna manufactures use is slightly inflated. They base the gain on " Isotropic" testing so most of them are actually rated in dBi rather than dBd. You can usually subtract about 2 to 3 points from the gain figure claims they make. If you are going to use this MFJ base antenna for rx only I would hazard to guess it should work well on 800mhz due to the similar dimensions that a 1.2ghz band antenna would offer and the fact that most 800mhz systems(i am assuming a trunk system) have multiple sites and you get plenty of rf coverage.

Oh - by the way. DStar has only been around for a short time and there are still plenty of older analog 1.2ghz repeaters in operation that I use these antennas for and they work well.
 
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