Need attic antenna for 2m or 2m/70cm

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delta_p

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I am modifying my attic setup to place rotor on a mast with my Wilson 800Mhz yagi. I am thinking about adding an additional antenna for 2m (not necessarily directional if something decent is available). There are a few 2m and 70cm repeaters I like to pick up during incoming weather because of all the spotting reports. Some repeaters are local and the Wilson picks up ok, but some in neighboring county which even my Scantenna has trouble recieving. Can someone recommend some antenna that might work in this attic environment. The only thing I have looked over is the Cushcraft A2706S and the Diamond A144S5, both directional. Also, for a directional on the same mast as the 800Mhz is there any particular antenna separation to limiting interference between the two antenna. Thanks for any input.


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n8emr

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How much vertical space do you have? A comet gp1 is 4ft tall. If you dont have that much space a dual band mobile setting on a big cookie sheet will work.
 

SAR923

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I'm using the good old RS 20-176 in my attic. It transmits fine on 2 meters and I can hear fire transmissions from Georgia on it. It's a cheap way to go for a 2 meter antenna and doubles as a good scanner antenna as well.
 

ReCall

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Sorry bout that Delta, I got that one for $20.00 and will have it in my hands tonight for a good look over/test.

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ReCall said:
Take a look at this Folded Dipole, it may be just what you need, I have two in the attic for vhf 155 and they pull in from 55m.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Celwave-DIPOLE-antenna_W0QQitemZ280225214766QQihZ018QQcategoryZ4672QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Those are great antennas and rx performance is pretty wide banded(in the vhf-hi band). They are commonly used in a phased array of two or four for additional gain. Using them this way requires a special phasing harness to hook them together. Good find
 
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