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bigk_54

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Hello all, I'm running a 996T that I've had since it came out and it kinda sits there and does its thing. Recently it seems my tower reception strength has diminished from what it was. I have a Valor ProAm PMM3B ( Valor PMM3B Scanner Antenna ) that sits in the window sill stuck to a piece of steel...... Due to wife I can't mount anything outside but window is fair game. Is there anything anyone would suggest, scanner sits approximately 1 1/2-2' from window and I primarily scan law on 800 and local ambulance fire on mid 150 range. Thanks for any advice
 

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Does that window face the direction of the tower(s) you are trying to hear? If so, try this. You'll also need a 75 ohm coax cable and an F connector adapter to match the connector on your 996T:
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?mc=03&p=HDBLADE100&d=Solid-Signal-HDBLADE-Indoor-Digital-Flat-Indoor-TV-Antenna-(HDBLADE)&c=TV%20Antennas%20-%20Indoor%20Only&sku=610370580509
 

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Challenging for sure.

If your window is tall enough, instead of using a flat piece of steel for the groundplane, you may want to try plopping that magmount over an inverted steel-tennis ball can to try and emulate more of a dipole effect.

No guarantees, but worth a shot! Run that tiny RG-174 coax horizontally away from the mount/can top to the other side of the window and then down to the scanner. It might be a bit flimsy at first, but a little blue-painter's tape can hold that stuff down without damage to the interior - at least for temporary testing purposes.
 

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Get you what is called a " Scanner Antenna suction cup window mount " comes with a BNC connecter & it sticks to the inside of window ,works great., simple to use. jbxfire
 

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I think I would sit down and have a talk with the wife lol
Lmfao!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried, still didn't get anywhere......... I was pushing it when I said I was buying a new scanner
 

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Could you put something in the attic?
Attic could be an option!........

Never tried a pre amp of any kind either.

Can't say I'm the most scanner savy, I know my way around but can get easily lost lol
 

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I put an antenna craft sc2 scantenna which is an outdoor antenna, inside behind a bookcase,and after cutting a foot off the top to make it fit, (i know i know), i get much better vhf hi with a pro 2035. Can't say what it will do for the 800 range but it's rated for it.
 

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I am using a hustler mag mount mobile antenna attached to my window ac, although
it also works well inside I also have one of the uniden window
mounted antennas that came with one of my units that works well also here in nyc.
 
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