I am thinking about buying the Radio Shack discone scanner/ham antenna radio shack part #20-043. I am looking for a decent quality antenna that works with all bands. Let me know if you have any experiences with it. Thanks, Eric.
I recently bought a RS discone. I had one many years ago, but when I moved to a new house the longer radials disappeared. To make a long story shorter. I noticed on the new version of the RS discone the radials were hollow. On my older one they were solid, and they where on the roof for many years with no problems.Highlander_821 said:I had one, it worked well unitl it was actually mounted outside. Within a year, it had shed about 1/3 of the elements. It would break an element if you looked at it funny.
If you can get it cheap (like under 20 bucks) and want to use it as an INDOOR antenna, it might be worth it.
I replaced mine with a Diamond discone, a much more resilient antenna. It has been up 2 years now,and it has been exposed to high winds and ice a few times, no problem.
I bought the MFJ-1866 it is installed in my attic (I had to trim it and remove the top vertical part. it is mounted on a satellite post. (like the one that comes with Dishnetwork to hold the dish.) at 38' in my attic it woks great but I noticed it lack very badly in the 800 - 900Mhz range. Oh well! no single antena can do it all anyway.squirrel said:
I use a Diamond D130J discone in the attic, connected to the radio with about 20-25 feet of RG6. Works quite nicely; I'm able to pick up military aircraft in the Buckeye/Brushcreek MOA which is about 40-50 miles southwest of me.squirrel said: