Best Mobile 800MHz antenna?

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Guys i need to buy the best Mobile antenna i can get besides the Antenex Phantom any other suggestions? A NMO mount will be used.
 

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I am actually not going to use it on the car i don't want to use a discone in the back yard so i thought of instead using a mobile antenna.. I have the phantom and theirs nothing wrong other it has to be surronded by 18" of metal... I was looking at Groves Omni II antenna
 

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for the car its great, but like i said it needs 18 inches around it of metal to work good or so i have been told...
 

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prcguy said:
Check out this guy’s site. http://www.northwestradio.com/interceptnw/antennas.htm
He tested gobs of mobile antennas and there is one particular 800 NMO style that seems to stand out. It’s a great site in general for those who like to play with commercial antennas for monitor purposes.
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Thanks... Looks very informative.. One of my larsons is their and tested going to read up on it now... I may move my NMO5E825B to the back yard from the car...
 

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An 800MHz antenna should be fine in the middle of a 6” disk of metal for a ground plane. 18” around (36” dia.) is good down to VHF hi band.
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Chrome69 said:
for the car its great, but like i said it needs 18 inches around it of metal to work good or so i have been told...
 

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I use the antenex 3db gain model with very nice indoor results. I have it on an NMO mag-mount attached to a metallic window cill.
 

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What about these low-profile antennas? Are they any good? Those are what I always see on PD cars, so they must be fairly good. I don't know how much they run though.

 

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I've tried a few of the low profile ones,the same ones off of the police cars.They are great when your close to a tower (like in a big city),and really cut down on interference and stuff,but they suck for pulling in weak signals.
 

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prcguy said:
An 800MHz antenna should be fine in the middle of a 6” disk of metal for a ground plane. 18” around (36” dia.) is good down to VHF hi band.
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Does the metal need to be magnetic? I have a huge stainless steel desk that I could put an antenna on, but since it's good stainless, it isn't magnetic.
 
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