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Yes, I was talking to their guys about that.
They said there were two "camps", those that loved the tab base, and those that like the spring base.
I've never had a problem with the tab base antennas. I did have issues with the old spring base Motorola 800MHz antennas from the 80's and 90's, my understanding was that those were made for M by Antenex, maybe.

Either way, it was a nice looking antenna. Would be nice to see how it compares with the others.
The PCTEL currently makes the antenna the APX8500 ships with. It's a tab style and not even remotely comparable to Larsen's tab style mounts. PITA, you have to bend it out everytime you re-install the antenna. I've seen several APX8500 PA's less than a month old fail for this exact reason.

Personally, I'm a fan of the Panorama "Trident" antenna which simply looks like an OEM whip when paired with the NMO adapter (~$75 at MSRP). I've had the Sharkee with the dual band whip on my pickup for 3 years now...it's certainly stumped co-workers.
 

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The PCTEL antenna used by Motorola would concern me mounted on top of anything larger than a sedan. With the base not flexible, I'd be really concerned.
Just parking in the garage here in LV this morning, I left my 1/4 wave wideband Larsen VHF whip on my truck. Made some noise, but it's still good.
 

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The base appears unchanged from the current one.
It is ...Seen it in person with my Larsen sales rep.... much more robust and the spring is pretty stiff but flexible enough for a low garage door or tree branch to give
 
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The PCTEL antenna used by Motorola would concern me mounted on top of anything larger than a sedan. With the base not flexible, I'd be really concerned.
Just parking in the garage here in LV this morning, I left my 1/4 wave wideband Larsen VHF whip on my truck. Made some noise, but it's still good.


The departments that I’ve installed APX8500s for are not fond of the antenna. What’s worse, Motorola makes a triplexer (it’s actually one of the lower cost options out there) but it still utilizes QMA connector’s.


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Good for scanner users as well! Michigan has been adding 700MHz freqeucies in addition to 800MHz on MPSCS (Michigan Public Safety Communication System).

Thanks for posting. :)
Since we maintain our VHF radios, but use MPSCS for almost all radio traffic, I like this antenna idea for our apparatus. Not having to compromise on roof locations would be nice.

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I'm really interested in the performance once it hits the market. UHF is stated to dip into ham 70cm. I can already see a duplexer in my future if this thing performs.

Base kinda resembles an AS(later versions)
 

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Any update on when this will be released? Still nothing in the Larsen product catalog/line up on the website.
 

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If they would increase the UHF coverage to include 380-520, then they'd probably sell a lot more. I suppose, I could sweep one to see.

I've been using one of the "scanner" models for years for a transceiver. I got chastised on this forum for doing so, but all of my sweeps were great and it performed very well for what it was.
 

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380-450 would have very limited applications for the vast majority of LMR users. Maybe government users, though. Very few markets where 420-430MHz can be used by LMR users.

Originally Larsen marketed the NMO-150-450-800 antenna as scanner only and the original specs said it was for RX only.
At some point they changed to showing it for some transmit use. Not sure if they physically changed the antenna, or just changed their mind about the marketing.
 

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Our system alone has a few thousand multi-band mobiles. Our issue with the larger antennas is that they are very stiff, even with the spring. The base itself is the problem as it is very tall and does not flex. We have vehicles come in with the roofs peeled back because they drove under a low lying branch or through a parking garage. The Larsen at least flexes enough to possibly negate the extensive roof damage.
 

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Larsen Tri-band & Tram

I bought a Larsen Tri-band with NMO, using a Tram base with a rubber boot on a 5 inch magnet. This is a beast. I've tried many, but this one has 58U, not 58AU.
 
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