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Hello I wanted to know if you can use a bnc connecter to put on an antenna that is used for the XTS5000. Since the antenna is an sma antenna I am asking if you can convert it to a bnc for a scanner or not. I dont want to waste money on an Motorola antenna and a connecter. Could someone help explain it to me if you could.

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I do this all the time. Bought a couple cheap BNC/SMA adaptors from eBay and use various Motorola antennas on the scanner if I'm listening to something band specific.
 
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Thank you so much for your help. Now I might go out and buy an Motorola antenna. I just dont know how much the Motorola portable antennas cost. Also does it matter if the SMA is a female or male on it. Would the PMAE4016 work with that adapter.
 
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Actually... before we go any further... what model scanner are you planning on using? The link to that adaptor from Tessco will NOT work. It has a BNC-F connector (same as what's already on most scanners). You would need a BNC-M connector unless you are connecting to a scanner with an SMA connector (obviously).
 

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Ok... then you definitely want an adaptor with a BNC-M connector on it. The scanners connector is a BNC-F.
 

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Sorry bud... I took a quick look but didn't see one. I don't really have time to spend searching around for it... I'll have to leave that part up to you. Or just use the eBay link I already posted.
 

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The one in the link you posted is a crimp on connector for a cable. Are you wanting to put a motorola portable antenna right on the scanner?

You mentioned a portable antenna earlier so the one Forts posted is the correct adapter.
 

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What exactly are you looking to achieve here? Why not just use the proper antenna for the application? You will find yourself spending a lot of money for an antenna and adapter considering what you could be a decent antenna with BNC for. There are many good options from Laird, Larsen and others. I run Motorola and Harris radios in public safety and purchase all antennas from Tessco rather than Motorola or Harris given the relative mark-up.
 
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What exactly are you looking to achieve here? Why not just use the proper antenna for the application? You will find yourself spending a lot of money for an antenna and adapter considering what you could be a decent antenna with BNC for. There are many good options from Laird, Larsen and others. I run Motorola and Harris radios in public safety and purchase all antennas from Tessco rather than Motorola or Harris given the relative mark-up.
Just to use a Motorola antenna on my radio. Do you have any experence with the UHF Terra Wave antenna. Is it a 1/4 wave or 1/2 wave? Tessco says 1/4 wave and 1/2 wave.
 
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