Magnetic mount antenna??

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AK4FD

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Hey guys I have a question. I have the new Uniden BCD536HP scanner base unit for my house. I'm using the antenna it came with that screws into the back of the unit. However the way my house is positioned my reception on a UHF 453 frequency sucks when it SHOULD be crystal clear where I'm at... My question is could I substitute and use a magnetic vehicle mount antenna and run it outside my house, would that improve reception? Or no because it's made to mount to a metal vehicle shell? Thx in advance!

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Anything outside

will be a better solution.

If you can get the magnet mount on anything metal it would be better but it will still work.
 

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I think it would improve reception quite a bit. Anytime you get an antenna outside the house it's an improvement. I don't think the metal body of a car is as important for receiving as it is with transmitting.
 

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If you can't get a magnetic horizontal surface outdoors, and don't want to run coax out a window, the put this in the attic or upstairs window and run the cable to your scanner. The second version (scroll down) is all wire and can be assembled for about $10 and 20 min. Guaranteed improvement over the antenna that came with the 536. And no worry about water coming in the coax, grounding, lightning, or other outdoor antenna issues. This can be hung vertically and invisibly from a curtain rod behind curtains or along a window casement: http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Homebrewed_Off-Center_Fed_Dipole
 
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