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Baofeng Antenna on a Motorola XTS - 5000?

x6qi

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The title may seem kind of weird but this is a genuine question I wanted to know if a standard UV-5R Baofeng Antenna could work on an XTS 5000 This Motorola Radio I am getting supports 700/800 MHZ and the bottom of the antenna says "FM/136-174/400-520 MHZ." I am not looking for any responses that ask why I am not buying my own antenna, but if I have to, I will, please help.
 

chrismol1

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Not only wrong band but I would never use a cheap china crap radio antenna on anything I'd care about. Those antennas are bad enough to being with even if you are trying to receive only. If you have nothing else and are stuck on an island I suppose it may work if the center pin connects enough and long enough to send a mayday and the rescue party is within shouting distance.
 

Cashanova48

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I have been wondering similar things too. I have a XTS 3000 in UHF and was thinking about running a 17 inch Nagoya NA320A. I don't want to destroy my investment into a Motorola though.
 

Cashanova48

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Yes sir! What antenna for longer range is recommended to be used on a radio of such caliber?
 

Cashanova48

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The Motorola made antennas are as good as they get for portable antennas. The best performing type will be the 5/8 wave whip antenna, 8505241U11.

The best thing to do with the Baofeng involves using it to stop a moving sledgehammer.
Yes sir, thank you
 

Project25_MASTR

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Not the right antenna of the band. The other issue is Motorola uses a non-standard SMA interface on their portables which results in standard SMA connectors often not seating correctly and engaging the center pin correctly.
 

Cashanova48

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Not the right antenna of the band. The other issue is Motorola uses a non-standard SMA interface on their portables which results in standard SMA connectors often not seating correctly and engaging the center pin correctly.
Ok, thanks
 

ryolsen8

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I have been wondering similar things too. I have a XTS 3000 in UHF and was thinking about running a 17 inch Nagoya NA320A. I don't want to destroy my investment into a Motorola though.
XTS 3000's are a dime a dozen. They're ancient, and I know you could get another cheap if something did happen with the antenna connector.
 

JTMcFMood

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The title may seem kind of weird but this is a genuine question I wanted to know if a standard UV-5R Baofeng Antenna could work on an XTS 5000 This Motorola Radio I am getting supports 700/800 MHZ and the bottom of the antenna says "FM/136-174/400-520 MHZ." I am not looking for any responses that ask why I am not buying my own antenna, but if I have to, I will, please help.
The Baofeng uses an SMA Female threaded antenna fitting (almost all other brands of radio that use SMA fittings use SMA Male threaded connectors), and if the mismatch were defeated by an adapter, it won't help much, as the Baofeng was tuned to different frequency range(s) in most cases.

The markings on the antenna shows the frequency they are tuned to. Your question tells us why it won't work. Oh if it worked at all, it would be very poorly, and could destroy the final RF amplifier stage. Smoke gets out, radio destroyed.
 

hitechRadio

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Just food for thought, If you could not figure by the frequency label on the antenna "FM/136-174/400-520 MHZ." that it would not work on a 7/800 radio. You will not have fun programming the radio, and should probably look at scanners.
 

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The Baofeng uses an SMA Female threaded antenna fitting (almost all other brands of radio that use SMA fittings use SMA Male threaded connectors), and if the mismatch were defeated by an adapter, it won't help much, as the Baofeng was tuned to different frequency range(s) in most cases.

The markings on the antenna shows the frequency they are tuned to. Your question tells us why it won't work. Oh if it worked at all, it would be very poorly, and could destroy the final RF amplifier stage. Smoke gets out, radio destroyed.
Found a Baofeng dual band antenna in a junk drawer. It screws onto my APX perfectly without any adapte, & receives fine. Then it went back to the junk drawer.
 

hitechRadio

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It will be badly mismatched to transmit, don't try it, you'll get a smoke released radio
No Smoke will be released, (It's not a beofeng) even if it was the wrong band antenna.
If it is the correct band antenna on the radio will be fine. Although I prefer OEM Motorola antenna.
 
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