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G5. amplified charger and the factory antenna that came with the charger unit...

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Hi all,

I have a G5 and an amplified charger. When I have the G5 in the amplified charger and I have the antenna that connects to the back of the charger on the unit, the G5 will not receive any VHF frequencies. May just be a bad antenna.

If I take the antenna off, everything received loud and clear. Obvious when I'm monitoring a P25 system, it uses the radio antenna instead of the back antenna and everything is good.

It's easiest enough just to leave the amplified charging unit antenna off but I was just curious if anyone else also had this problem?

Thanks!
 

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Haven't used the factory antenna from the charger on my G5 but it seems cheap.
 

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Have a similar problem with my G5 amplified charger but mine doesn't receive the VHF channels at all while in the charger, with or without the antenna. Spoke to my vendor and they have a trouble ticket open with Unication.
 

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I have had a couple of our firefighters report the same thing, no VHF receive in their amplified drop in charger. I have not had the opportunity to look into it myself yet. It's only a couple out of like 30 deployed though.
 

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I can confirm that right now too. I never bothered with it at first as I mainly use P25 digital. But when scanning Vhf on the G5 with several different antennas in the amp/charger and no antenna but the stub, nothing is heard. The second I take the G5 out of the slot, it starts getting Vhf signals.
 

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Keep buying them? You bet capt'n. They're talking about the AMP/Charger and ONLY using VHF analog settings. The AMP isn't 600$. Only $140?/newest version is $89.00. The Pager's themselves? They're great. 6 county trip with 7 different SITES of the Statewide P25 System and the Unication G5 Pager/Radio never burped, never lost the signal. Perfect and clear just sitting IN the drink holder using only the stubby antenna, no outside antenna needed. That's why I got it. If I really want just OLD analog? I'll turn my WS1080 on. That's about all it's capable of. :0)
 
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And yet people keep buying these problem prone 600.00 plus pagers smh
I've seen several people call these pagers trash, problem prone, etc etc. I've had mine for close to 3 months and it's been working like a champ on VHF & P25. So much so that my Minitor 5 has been retired, & my G1 is used as a weather alert pager. The G5 receives as well as & sometimes better than my department issued XTS5000. That's not to say there haven't been some bad apples out there & when that's happened Unication and/or the dealer who sold it take care of things. If I could afford it I'd buy 1 or 2 more.



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@cmdrwill... I find that my Unification G5 works best when powered by Cherry Coke myself.


@captaincab... I'm quite happy with this little pager/monitor/quasi-scanner. Yes, it does need a few improvements. Mine G5 runs circles around my Uniden BCD436HP. The audio is superb, the feel and function are fantastic, the sensitivity is amazing. I'm looking forward to the day our FD finally switches over to the APCO25 system which should be any day now. I'll be able to be alerted with my G5 without missing a beat. I took my received on its first 2-alarm job here in Youngstown last week and it did fantastic. Let me also say that there is just the right amount of buttons/knobs and everything is now intuitive to me! I've used mine for a month and I still love it. The voice prompts when changing mode are a very nice feature.

If the company continues to make programming changes like they are planning, this is going to be one even more impressive radio! Sure it isn't for general scanning but again it's wasn't designed for that. It is a professional pager/monitor/alerting unit and it does that quite well.
 

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All I can say is, IF Unication enters the "scanner" market with the same solid decoding they have for simulcast on other protocols with a scanner of their own, Uniden and Whistler might as well file chapter 11 the following month.
If it is possible for a radio decode well all protocols, remains to be seen. I wouldn't mind sell all scanners I own to get a solid one even if the price is above 2K.

But to the point of the original question, the lack of VHF reception on the base charger is not happening for me here. Perhaps I have a strong signal for the system I programmed?
 

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When I have a couple of bars on my G5, I drop it in the charger / amplifier, and get a full signal with no problem. Definitely the external antenna plays a part.

I haven't really played with the VHF side of it though
 

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Seems that results are hit and miss. I have two G5's, one with VHF and one with the 380-430Mhz. I can say certainty that the external antenna does nothing on either VHF or the 380Mhz band (at least with my amplified charger). I even plugged it in to my rooftop antenna and nothing on either of those bands.

The only thing I didn't test yet was the 700Mhz band. I'll program a weaker 700/800 Mhz system and do that test later.
 
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