Need confirmation I got the right connectors etc for use with BCD996P2

Status
Not open for further replies.

Disk4mat

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
May 27, 2019
Messages
95
Location
Queen Creek, AZ
Joined
Apr 18, 2009
Messages
5,030
Location
CT
I would look for an extension cable - PL259 Male to Female, then a PL259 to BNC adaptor.

The fewer connection points - the better.

They're common. I bought them.
 

Disk4mat

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
May 27, 2019
Messages
95
Location
Queen Creek, AZ
Update: All the connections are correct (whew)

Antenna [male pl259] --- [so239 female] Mag Mount [cable pl259 male] --- [so239 female to BNC male adapter] --- Scanner
 

Disk4mat

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
May 27, 2019
Messages
95
Location
Queen Creek, AZ
I had planned on doing a review but never found the spare time. Ive bought many mag mount antennas to use indoors and so far the Harvest is my favorite. I spent $52 for it on Amazon and have purchased other antennas in the 20 to 50 dollar range.

It does well as a broad band antenna. I mostly listen to conventional VHF. But I listen to everything including DMR. Simulcast can be a pain in the ass. While many people have told me its more scanner related than antenna, Ive found simply rotating the antenna helps a great deal with problematic simulcast sites.

There is no gain with this antenna. Many of the tri-band antennas advertise some amount of gain. The overall quality of the Harvest makes up for the small 2 or 3 dbi I would get with a tri-band.

I have the Harvest mounted and sitting on top of a 7 foot tall plastic shelving unit. So the top of the whip is just an inch below my ceiling.

I would recommend this antenna against any similarly priced one. Especially over a mag mount. I will also mention that I replaced the RG 58 cable with a LMR 240. I had it custom made for $35. That made a noticeable difference! I saw my RSSI improved across the board and I can now receive Air to Air transmissions that I was never able to get before. The noise reduction alone from the shielding was a huge bonus.

The cable really is just as important as the antenna. So my opinion would be...

$50 Tri-Band with stock cable with small gain = Average to Good (3 to 4 stars)
Harvest antenna with rg 58 = Good (solid 4 stars)
Harvest + LMR cable = Good to excellent (4 to 5 stars)

This is my opinion based on my usage scenario, radio, location etc.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top