Looking for a real aircraft NAV/COM antenna

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sean_kd4adv

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I am looking for aircraft shops around the state of Virginia that discard old NAV/COM antennas. I have custom made antenna rack on the back of my 07 Dakota using Diamond plate and Aluminum tubing.

I would like to get my hands on an actual NAV/COM antenna used in the VHF aircraft band and install it on the rack. Right now, I'm using a Larsen mag-mount rubber duck antenna with BNC connector.

The scanner I am using right now is a Bearcat BC - 895 XL mobile/base 300 channel analog scanner.

When I am riding down the roads, I can hear air band activity. I just want to enhance it using and actual aircraft antenna.

Tnx :)

Sean, KD4ADV

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N0IU

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Good luck with trying to find a discarded NAV/COM antenna. If it is discarded, it is usually for a reason! A refurbished Rockwell Collins 137X-1 antenna cost over $5,000.00 so you can see why they don't get discarded too often! Just about any VHF antenna will improve your reception.
 

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I've purchased many aircraft antennas on Ebay, some yellow tagged and some brand new, VHF, UHF and even dual band military versions. The most I have ever paid is about $40 and they have all functioned fine. If you don't see one today there will be some next week.
prcguy

Good luck with trying to find a discarded NAV/COM antenna. If it is discarded, it is usually for a reason! A refurbished Rockwell Collins 137X-1 antenna cost over $5,000.00 so you can see why they don't get discarded too often! Just about any VHF antenna will improve your reception.
 

DPD1

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Not to state the obvious, but I assume you realize you might actually be better off with just a regular 1/4 wave antenna for the band. Actual aircraft antennas are often designed with a compromise for both size and aerodynamic properties. Sometimes the radio part takes a hit because of that.
 
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