• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Laird QWFT120 antenna

toolman60

Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2015
Messages
185
Location
King and Queen Virginia
Hello All,
I see the Laird QWFT120 is a field tunable antenna. How is it made that you can trim the antenna? All I have ever used was the Moto antennas and they had a curled end in the base of the whip. I know it stainless and how to cut it to tune but seeing it with safety ball on the end and not knowing how it mates to the NMO has me baffled.
 

rescue161

KE4FHH
Database Admin
Joined
Jun 5, 2002
Messages
3,171
Location
Hubert, NC
Some have a small set screw collar instead of the curl at the base. Remove the collar, cut and put it back together. Some have a pressed on collar that can be removed by tapping it from the whip out. Then you can trim the antenna, slide the pressed collar on, hit the bottom of the whip until it is slightly flattened/deformed and then slide the collar down. Once the collar contacts the deformed area, you can place the bottom of the antenna whip on a hard surface and then tap the collar until it is flush with the whip.
 
Top