Motorola antenna and BC296

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bradam2001

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I have a Motorola 800 antenna, I would like to get the jack for it and mod my scanner.
What kind of jack is it, and where do I get one? It needs to be one to solder in place.
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That is a MX connector from a MT800 I am going to say. Looks the sames as HT600, MT1000, analog saber and that series of portables.

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bradam2001 said:
Here are 2 pictures, hope they help.
I think they are some kind of sma, but I am not sure.
Thanks again
It's not SMA, it's "Motorola", and not adaptable to anything.

Besides being very old, and not made for 800 MHz anyway, it looks like VHF.

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Like W0JJK said, it's an MX connector. There's no adapter available (AFAIK) that would allow you to use it on a scanner with a BNC connector. Now if the antenna had an SMA connector, that would be a different story.

I suppose if you were real resourceful, you could make some kind of adapter, but it would be much easier to just get an 800MHz antenna that had the proper connector to begin with.
 

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bradam2001 said:
Can you get a solder in connector to replace the BNC connectror ? If so where sould I get it ?
I won't go so far as to say you can't get the connector to receive that antenna, but I've never seen one.

Trust me, there's no reason to butcher your scanner by attempting to replace the BNC antenna connector with an MX female jack, just so you can use that particular Motorola branded 800 MHz antenna. Like I said, there are (non Motorola brand) 800 MHz antennas out there that already have a BNC connector. Your 800 MHz reception will not suffer, it will be just as good, if not better, than if you used the Motorola branded antenna.

Of course, you're still free to try it if you want, but I wouldn't. :wink:
 
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