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Can someone ID this mobile antenna?

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Jun 20, 2004
Near the Biggest Little City
Hello all,
I bought some items at an auction and this antenna was in one of the boxes. I assumed it to be a 2m/440 dual-bander from the whip and the base but the connector has me puzzled. I'll plead lack of knowledge here since all my mobile FM antennas over the years have been NMO. Took pictures and submitting them in the hope someone in the vast pool of wisdom can steer me in the right direction.
#1 is the entire antenna.
The overall length is 29 inches in case the pic isn't legible. The coil is 3 inches long and is 9 inches from the base end.

#2 is a shot of the base...

#3, the connector. It fits the mini-uhf connector on my Motorola mobile radios and does a bangup job receiving. I didn't want to try xmit for obvious reasons.
I just bought another work car and this would be a perfect roof install if I knew where/what kind of mount to get. If someone could help an old guy learn a new trick here I'd certainly appreciate it!

Thanks in advance and 73 to all!

KI7SY Frank in Reno, NV


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Apr 11, 2008
Interesting. It looks similar to my Larsen antenna, but I know that it is not the same model.


Nov 1, 2005
JoCo, KS (SoDak native)
Identify antenna

I think you are pretty close to ......

looks like a cellphone antenna, probably was screwed onto a mag mount. Mini UHF was used on a lot of the bag phones in the analog Cellphone days



Sep 20, 2008
Sector 001
The element below the delay coil is about 7" long. Me thinks its a UHF colinear. 5/8wave over 1/4wave. If you can, put it on a mag mount and sweep it from 140MHz-2.5GHz with an Anritsu Site Master or similar instrument and see where it resonates.

My gut thinks it will be resonate between 400-470MHz somewhere.


I think it is MFJ-1729

Yea that looks like it.It makes sense, as it has a crappy SO-239/PL-259 mount. That type of mount is almost universally only used by ham-crap antenna manufacturers.

It is probably a shortened half wave on VHF and a 5/8 wave over 1/4 wave on UHF.

Although they do not specify if the gain figures are dBi or dBd, I would bet a paycheque that the gain figures on the MFJ website are dBi, as there is no chance that a shortened 1/2wave VHF antenna will have 2.6dBd gain. Subtract 2.15 from their claimed gain figures for real world dBd gain, Unity on VHF and just over 4dBd on UHF.
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