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hoser147

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Well guys made a stop yesterday at one of the Radio Shacks that is shuting down. I picked up a 20-176 antenna for 6 Bucks and 110ft RG 8 for $2 and all my connectors at 80% off. Not sure how this will work for 800mhz so I m considering running another antenna just for the 800. I would appreciate any input on the 800 side or has anyone had good luck with the 20-176 on 800? Thanks in Advance hoser147
 

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I put one up as a "temporary" about 1 1/2 years ago. It worked well enough that I have never replaced it. 75% of what I listen to are 8XX trunked systems. Granted, I live in an area where I could probably put a wire hanger on the roof and still receive good signals. It does do a great job on VHF and lower UHF.
 

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If you have a rotor or all your 800 signals are in one direction, you might consider a yagi. This one is going up next w/e on an unused TV tower with a working(!) rotor. Its a Wilson 301111, actually a cellular yagi for 806-894 MHZ, and wired with LMR-400 U/F coax.
 

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I'm using the 20-176 for 800mhz, indoors mounted about 30 feet off the ground and it works pretty good. For the price you paid, I dont think you will be unhappy.

I'm not, and I paid 25$ for it.
 

intrepid97

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The 20-176 is good for local 800,If you want to pull in some distant 800 get an antenna made specifically for the 800 range.
 

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I don't monitor a lot of 800Mhz stuff but mine works great on everything else and good on the few 800Mhz things I do listen to. Very happy with both of the two I have. Pretty indestructible in wind also.
 

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The antenna will probably do a pretty good job but the RG-8 will hurt you on 440 and 800. If you use more than 40 ft or so you will lose quite a bit on 800. For runs 50 ft or more you need 9913 or LMR 400 for uhf.
 
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