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Best Covert VHF Antenna

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jcemt

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Hello,

Looking for what the best VHF antenna available for covert applications is. Currently I am trying to decide between the STI-CO fender mount oem replacement, the new STI-CO shark fin, STI-CO glass mount or the STI-CO perm mount stealth antenna.

Anyone have any experience with any of those antennas?

Thanks
 

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I have a Compactenna 2m/440 and I'm happy with it's VHF performance, I bought it because it is short enough that I can pull into my garage without having to remove the antenna. There was a recent thread on here comparing another Compactenna to a few other popular antennas and it compared well.

Not sure if that is stealth enough for you.
 

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Hello,

Looking for what the best VHF antenna available for covert applications is. Currently I am trying to decide between the STI-CO fender mount oem replacement, the new STI-CO shark fin, STI-CO glass mount or the STI-CO perm mount stealth antenna.

Anyone have any experience with any of those antennas?

Thanks

Our chief is using the Sti-Co fender mount. Works fine.
We've got a few Ford Utilities with shark fin type antennas with VHF whips, they seem to work a bit better. I think they are Panorama brand.

Glass mounts, not so much. I've used some on UHF, but wasn't impressed. You have to have clear glass, no tinting usually, no defroster wires.
 

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Hello,

Looking for what the best VHF antenna available for covert applications is. Currently I am trying to decide between the STI-CO fender mount oem replacement, the new STI-CO shark fin, STI-CO glass mount or the STI-CO perm mount stealth antenna.

Anyone have any experience with any of those antennas?

Thanks
We’ve used the VHF STI-CO fender mount OEM replacement in the past. Great results except we had a lot of failures with the connector that went to the diplexer. At the time STI-CO would repair them so no biggie. I don’t know if that’s still a problem. We’ve gone mostly over to the euro mounts since these days and are very happy with the results. Heck, I’ve had great SWR on the ham bands with those things. I’d stay away from the glass mounts. Nothing but headaches and they just don’t last.
 
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