had mine about a week also on my 396t not really impressed with it ...my suggestion best all around antenna for the bucks is the radio shack 8oo mhz. for about $17.00 works great on all bands all yu will need is the sma -bnc connector supplied with yur 396t scanner from the factory. i would highly recommend this portable antenna for all bands and most of the stores have it in stock . i commonly listen to the 150- 160 mhz bands and it seems to work well even in the lower band-widths as well as the 800 . There is a motorola smartnet system 30 mi. south of me and they come in as clear as a bell. The local traffic here as well as the highway patrol is mostly 150s mhz p-25 and the shack antenna works great on these frequencies.. The srh77ca is ok but a seems to have alot of background noise during transmissions
I think if you try the Diamond you will see that it is probably one of THE best portable VHF/up antennas out there.
I have used mine on my Pro-97 AS WELL as on my Yaesu VX-5R Tri-Band tranceiver, which is also an ALL BAND Receiver. Sensetivity is Superb.
On BOTH radios the Diamond performed excellent on VHF, UHF, 800MHz. As I stated before it pulls in 800MHz trunked systems BETTER than the R.S. 800MHz antenna which I do like and still use.
VHF/UHF Air/MilAir is EXCELLENT using the Diamond where the R.S. couldn't even hear them.
If you want a single 800MHz band antenna go with the R.S. antenna since it is cheaper. BUT if you want to cover different bands, IMHO try the Diamond. I'm sure you will be amazed at it's performance. All the rave reviews can't all be wrong.
nycirnwrkr if yu are unable to find them in stock anywhere just give me a shout . I will be more than happy to sell yu mine . I received it 2wks ago still have the box and ticket from AES included only cost to yu 20 bucks plus shipping from texas
Just got mine in today! All i can say is WOW. This antenna really is worth every penny spent. I took my stock duck off my PRO-95 and put the Diamond on, and immediately noticed a difference. Several frequencies that werent too clear before, now sound great! Ill be purchasing another one for sure!
yup ordered mine last Saturday, i read alot of good things here about the Diamond SRH77CA (SMA) http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/2368.html. I also spoke to a guy from Universal and he said the 800meg works grat so i wont need the RS 800Meg antenna. thanks to all for your input
Just received this afternoon, the two RH77CA's I ordered last week from Universal Radio (one for BC246T, and the other for a BC80XLT) and I must say that I am very pleased with the results. My 800 Mhz reception is the same as with my RS 800 antenna on the 246 , and I'm picking up so much more VHF on both scanners ...