Got a Larsen 150/450/800 mobile antenna.

bobruzzo

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Just came in today so I gave it a test run. I installed it on my mag mount that I was previously using with a dedicated 800 mhz antenna. But I really wanted to be able to monitor vhf and uhf as well. Got an extra Uniden BCD996P2 scanner that I take out sometimes. So I tested out the antenna monitoring the local P25 simulcast system, as well as some conventional business freqs, the local state prison LTR system, some conventional PD & FD, and the Motorola Mass State Police trunked system. I first drove up to the high spot in town, then down to the area near airport, and around Warwick and Cranston. I was surprised how good this small antenna picked up all bands very well. I could hear the security at the Providence Veterans hospital full scale and I was way south of the hospital. I will do more tests in other directions. The best area to receive even tho the elevation is low, is the areas surrounding the state airport. I could pick up everything clearly there. The real high spots dont seem to matter too much with P25. All in all I am loving this little antenna. Definitely worth the money and while a dedicated 800 mhz antenna was working great on P25, this Larsen is also impressive. The Larsen 150/450/800 is the antenna next to the tall whip on rooftop of car.
 

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bobruzzo

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Yeah, you can't go wrong with a quality antenna like that. Been saying it for years….
The taller antenna with coil in middle is an amateur radio antenna I bought back in early to mid 90's! It's been on many vehicles thru the years. It is also a Larsen. When I was active as a ham I used this for a dual band Kenwood. I am diehard Larsen fan.
I was surprised when I drove out to the next town over and parked, the reception using the small Larsen was amazing. When I was using my DPD 800 mhz antenna on the car, that antenna was a dedicated 800 mhz. It worked very well on the P25 system here. Could hear all 4 zones perfectly. Better than at my house on base radio!! The new small Larsen works just as well! And in addition I can also monitor other vhf/uhf bands now!
 

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Had 2 of the tri band antennas on my previous vehicle. Have not drilled holes in my current truck but i kept the Larsen tri band antennas as well as my 800 and UHF antennas in the tool box for future use. Those are great antennas.
 
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