Mobile Antenna

mmckenna

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I'm thinking about the magmount idea. Seems too easy. I just don't know what my range could be from inside the house. I'm hoping to do the same for a scanner antenna and then split it to 2 scanners.
It can work well, however it depends on the construction of your home.
Metal siding, foil backed insulation/vapor barrier, plaster with metal lath, hvac ducts, wiring, copper pipes, low "e" glass, all attenuate RF and can impact reception. Also, it puts your antenna close to a lot of the noise sources.
If you are transmitting with this setup, it can cause issues with high RF levels impacting appliances, alarm systems, fire alarms, etc.

Give it a try and see how it works, but use low power until you figure out how much power you can use without causing issues.
 

N4KVE

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I live in condo land, so I can’t put up an outside antenna. So in a corner behind a piece of furniture I have a dual band mobile antenna on a magnetic mount stuck to a cookie sheet. It easily gets into any repeater within 20 miles, & here that’s quite a few.
 

K6GBW

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If you have an attic or crawl space you can place a small dual band antenna up there and run the coax down the wall. I've done this in two different condos for friends and it works really well. Personally, I lived in a townhouse for several years and made a balcony antenna that was suspended upside down right near the balcony pillar. No one ever saw it and from the second floor is worked fantastic.

2m/440 antennas are pretty easy with a little imagination.
 
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