Help identify antenna

dispatch235

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Got this antenna with a scanner I bought..analyzer shows it resonates around 123mhz so it appears to be tuned for aircraft. I thought it might be a Smiley brand but what I've found so far aren't nearly as long, though it seems constructed almost identical to them. Anyone have any ideas?
 

merlin

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It is a helically wound, probably VHF/UHF, possibly even low band.
It might well be from an airband radio.
 

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I’ve had some tunable VHF lo antennas that looked similar. On those you pull off the top cap and there is a ferrite slug you turn with an insulated tool to cover a wide frequency range. Mine covered the upper 40MHz range. You might see if that antenna also resonates somewhere in the 30-50MHz range.
 

Elpablo

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It looks very much like a low band antenna I have/used to have. It didn't work as well as I hoped, from what I recall.
 

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I have an antenna that is very similar to the one pictured. The end is solid but it is helical below that. It is marked "RUSSELL" on the cap. It was threaded but came with a BNC adapter. I don't remember where or when I bought it but it was a very long time ago. The antenna was designed to cover VHF-L, VHF-H and UHF but not 700/800. Useful for CHP here in California. It worked pretty well. You may have a later model with only a BNC connector.
 
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