Holy cow, 3 996's, what kind of car do you drive? Did you make your own power cord for the multicoupler?I have had one in my current vehicle for 6 years now. I use the cigarette lighter to power the multicoupler and 3 Uniden 996XT scanners. The 4th port is for my 396 or my SDR setup with another 4 port unit, 4 SDRs, and a 12VDC USB hub. Never a power issue.
Thanks to all. I did get confirmation yesterday that the Uniden power cord will work. Now I'll get setup for my Friday ride around and try this out.A Uniden power cord will work. The Stridsbergs used to be different but changed quite a while ago to the 5.5mm, 2.1mm plug/jack like the unidens.
I went with a passive multicoupler from Stridsberg, the MC202. No power needed. It works pretty well on a short run such as in the car. No noise issues. Not as good as the active unit (with power), but good enough.Did you ever end up getting this installed in a vehicle? Any noise issues related to vehicle power?
While Stridsberg has an excellent reputation for producing quality products, I believe the MC202 2-port passive multicoupler (Receiver Multicouplers, Passive and Active, HF to VHF/UHF) is highly priced ($75) for what it does. The specs show it to have a 3.5 dB loss at each of the 2 output ports (fairly standard for a 2-way passive splitter) with port-to-port isolation of 25 dB. All 3 connectors on the multicoupler are BNC female (with an option for TNC connectors instead) and the operating frequency range is 10 to 1000 MHz.I went with a passive multicoupler from Stridsberg, the MC202. No power needed. It works pretty well on a short run such as in the car. No noise issues. Not as good as the active unit (with power), but good enough.
My decision to go with the passive unit was influenced by not wanting to constantly reach back and pull the power plug since my power supply is constant.