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Is this Motorola antenna legit?

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Purchased a 8505241U05 antenna on Discount Two Way Radio a few weeks ago and I am wondering if the antenna I received from them is legit? It does not have a Motorola logo on any of the sides of the antenna, but it has a red ring at the bottom of the SMA connector. Just curious if I received a ripoff antenna. Some pictures
are attached of the antenna I bought. DTWR seems like a reputable place.
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And if you get a real one new in package it will have lots of M information and a sticky tag wrapped around the tapered portion of the antenna. The fakes run around $5 with shipping or five for about $12 with shipping.

Knockoff. The real 8505241U05 has the batwing logo and UHF embossed on it. Oh yeah, and the UHF antenna has a gray SMA color code, not red. Red is for the 800 MHz antenna 8505241U03.

 

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Did I do any damage to my radio by listening with this antenna on? I never transmitted on it, only RXed on it.
It won't do anything to the radio by listening. It might not do any damage transmitting either, if it's actually tuned to the proper frequencies they claim. It's just a fake. And considering that, if they advertised it as being a legit Moto antenna, I would send it back and get a refund.
 

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Purchased a 8505241U05 antenna on Discount Two Way Radio a few weeks ago and I am wondering if the antenna I received from them is legit? It does not have a Motorola logo on any of the sides of the antenna, but it has a red ring at the bottom of the SMA connector. Just curious if I received a ripoff antenna. Some pictures
are attached of the antenna I bought. DTWR seems like a reputable place.
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Those are garbage compared to the real /\/\ antennas. In real world use they are not durable at all and fail 10 times as fast as a real Motorola antenna. Internally, (at least on 800 MHz) they are nothing but a copper coil attached to the center pin that doesn't even run the length of the outside rubber housing. The real Motorola antennas actually have a full length of wire inside them.
 

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The #1 indicator that the antenna is a counterfeit, is the two notches around the base SMA. I would guess that the manufacuring process they use is garbage, so they need to put these notches to try and secure the metal and antenna internas to the outer plastic. I've had OEM new APX Moto antennas have the plastic twist off before. For RX they give me the same RSSI, I wouldn't trust them for extended TX just because unknown VSWR. They are also stiffer than Moto antennas, less flex. Counterfiet sell on eBay for like 10 cents a piece in bulk, so yeah, get your money back if they advertise as OEM or offer to pay them $0.10 instead.

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"Standard RCA Handheld Radio Flexible Whip Antenna"

RCA used to be a good name. Then they sold out. Like Tram and Browning, they take known American brand names and slap it on Chinese junk.

Looking at the linked web page, other than saying it "Fits Motorola radios", I'm not sure what lead you to believe it was a Motorola antenna. It isn't.

You are not going to find legit Motorola antennas for $7.50.
If you want real Motorola stuff, you buy from a real authorized Motorola shop. 8505241U05 - Motorola OEM Heliflex Antenna, UHF Band, Whip Antenna 403-520 MHz - ShopWiscomm
 

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"Standard RCA Handheld Radio Flexible Whip Antenna"

RCA used to be a good name. Then they sold out. Like Tram and Browning, they take known American brand names and slap it on Chinese junk.

Looking at the linked web page, other than saying it "Fits Motorola radios", I'm not sure what lead you to believe it was a Motorola antenna. It isn't.

You are not going to find legit Motorola antennas for $7.50.
If you want real Motorola stuff, you buy from a real authorized Motorola shop. 8505241U05 - Motorola OEM Heliflex Antenna, UHF Band, Whip Antenna 403-520 MHz - ShopWiscomm

Id assume because they are putting the Motorola Part Number in the item description. Very Misleading. I have other reasons I don't like this vendor, and this is just another one to add to the list.

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Id assume because they are putting the Motorola Part Number in the item description. Very Misleading. I have other reasons I don't like this vendor, and this is just another one to add to the list.
Yep, an easy way to get it to show up in web searches. Looks like a Motorola antenna, has the Motorola part number, but doesn't say it's a Motorola antenna. Just more sneaky shenanigans.
 
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