Mobile "Low Profile Disguise Phantom" Antenna Question

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mikey224

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Im looking to mount either a Laird or PCTel Low Profile Disguise Disc type antenna on the trunk, my question is I will be monitoring 400mhz conventional and 800mhz trunking, should I go with the UHF or 800 range antenna? I know there is going to be a compromise either way but which would be the better choice overall?
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Im looking to mount either a Laird or PCTel Low Profile Disguise Disc type antenna on the trunk, my question is I will be monitoring 400mhz conventional and 800mhz trunking, should I go with the UHF or 800 range antenna? I know there is going to be a compromise either way but which would be the better choice overall?
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Couple of questions, if you don't mind...
Why do you need the low profile disguise antennas? They work OK on UHF and 800, but they don't make a multiband model that's any good and you'll get much better performance out of a proper antenna. Just trying to understand your need.

Can you do two antennas? That'll work better.

If I had to venture a guess, the UHF model is going to work better, but I've never tested one to confirm. The 800MHz model is going to have a short compact radiating element and probably will not perform well on UHF. The UHF model will have a longer element and may perform marginally better on 800.

This is a UHF T-band model:
 

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I'm currently using the one you have pictured mounted to my rear deck inside, only monitoring UHF and it does work very well. Switching to a 536hp to also monitor local 800 so was just wondering... Thinking of getting the antenna out on the trunk but i dint want anything sticking up so that was why I'm leaning towards the "Low Profile Disc" style, if not I'll just stay with the antenna I'm currently running.
 

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Using a VHF antenna on UHF is one thing where it will have an ok match because its 3/4 wavelength on UHF, but using a 450 antenna on 800 is really bad where the antenna will be 1/2 wavelength long and a super high impedance with a really bad match. Going the other way using an 800 antenna on 450 usually gives grim performance.
 

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Couple of questions, if you don't mind...
Why do you need the low profile disguise antennas? They work OK on UHF and 800, but they don't make a multiband model that's any good and you'll get much better performance out of a proper antenna. Just trying to understand your need.

Can you do two antennas? That'll work better.

If I had to venture a guess, the UHF model is going to work better, but I've never tested one to confirm. The 800MHz model is going to have a short compact radiating element and probably will not perform well on UHF. The UHF model will have a longer element and may perform marginally better on 800.

This is a UHF T-band model:
I have the white version of this antenna and it works pretty good for my uses. I have the UHF 470-490 model and it pretty much covers the entire uhf band, strong nearby vhf signals and strong 800mhz signals. As far as transmitting, can't tell you much cause i use it with a scanner.

I tried punching in VHF and 800 stuff that my other 1/4 antenna pulls in and it didn't do a good job for the distant signals.
 
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