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Motorola xtl2500 UHF 450-520 Antenna questions

Chesky

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I’m buying a xtl2500 but I am having trouble finding the right antenna. Which one will you be able to hear over a longer distance. A taller antenna or a longer antenna and is there a difference and if so which antenna would you recommend and what brand?
 

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Go big or go home. I recommend nothing less than this SuperStationmaster, 21 feet of throbbing fiberglass and copper. This one got a new gel coat in blue to match my sued shoes.

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Loving it, but it’s gonna be a mobile on a car. Should’ve mentioned that earlier my bad.
 

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Loving it, but it’s gonna be a mobile on a car. Should’ve mentioned that earlier my bad.
What kind of terrain do you live in?

In the mountains of a state like Colorado I would use a 1/4 wave. On flat land I'd tolerate a 5/8 over 5/8 wave colinear. If you need lots of bandwidth, then a 1/2wave is a good option. If you have good repeater coverage, then a stealth 'salt shaker' style, or shark fin might be a good option.

I'm partial to Larsen and EM Wave antennas myself.

There are literally a million different antennas out there to choose from.
 

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What kind of terrain do you live in?

In the mountains of a state like Colorado I would use a 1/4 wave. On flat land I'd tolerate a 5/8 over 5/8 wave colinear. If you need lots of bandwidth, then a 1/2wave is a good option. If you have good repeater coverage, then a stealth 'salt shaker' style, or shark fin might be a good option.

I'm partial to Larsen and EM Wave antennas myself.

There are literally a million different antennas out there to choose from.
I live in New Jersey but I have want more coverage. People say that the long ones are better then the stealth ones
 

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I live in New Jersey but I have want more coverage. People say that the long ones are better then the stealth ones
A 5/8 wave will definitely work better than the stealth antenna. No question. The average person won't see much of a difference between a 1/4 and a 5/8 wave. You will see a difference between a 1/4 and a colinear stacked element antenna.
 
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