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GE Orion Questions

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I am looking for 2 good cheap antennas for 2 GE Orions. I have a UHF Hi and a VHF Orion that I am using as base radios for RX and Scanner feeds.
Can anyone recommend a good set of inexpensive antennas?

Also, I am looking to see if I need some kind of cable to hook the external speaker? I have no found a spot for the external speaker and I do not see a speaker on the radio itself.

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The radio needs an external speaker. I can't recall which pins you have to connect to on the DB37 connector on the back of the radio. My memory is saying "17 and 18" or "18 and 19" but I don't warrant that that is correct.
 

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You'll need the speaker harness cable. Part Number 802554P1 and a speaker. Just remember the antenna connection is TNC.

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Note that the pins are numbered on the connector. (Very small numbers in the black plastic.) If you have a small speaker laying around and a couple of small pins, you can test for audio on the pins. That's assuming that there's a signal to be heard, of course. But even key beeps when pressing the keys will work. Probe out the different pins and you'll find the ones for the speaker.

I'm positive that the two speaker connections are side by side. That makes it easier.
 
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I'm gonna mess with it soon, I ordered an astron power supply and should be here any day now. I can't find a place to order the harness for the speaker. I want to use the radio to provide a feed.


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Find a DB-37 connector and make your own, might be easier (and likely far cheaper!). But be warned I think there is DC on those pins, so you need to isolate it if you use it for a feed.
 
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I just got the power supply in today with the radio and all I need now is to purchase the harness an speaker and get it programmed to RX only! Then I can begin to provide a feed. I have a uhf model on the way as well.


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What kind of antenna would I need for an orion radio? I'm looking for something small for indoor use, my feed is local so I don't need anything crazy, just unsure where to start looking for something good and inexpensive?


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What kind of system are you listening to?

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Hmm. Well if you want, I could mail you my telescoping Uniden scanner one. I don't use it anymore. You'd just need a TNC to Bnc adapter.

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