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One Scanner, One GMRS Radio, Same Antenna

enidpd804

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I have a Tram 1410 I just put in for my scanner. For kicks, I unplugged the antenna and hooked it up to my Wouxun 850G. Wow. We got some great distance and I want to use a switch between the two. I bought an Opek CX-201 splitter but I'm not sure it's the right thing. When I switch away from the scanner, the signal gets poor but it's still there. I'm hoping someone can tell me if this is the right equipment to keep my radio from frying the scanner.
 

RFI-EMI-GUY

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That will work. Now you have to worry about frying your Wouxun if you forget to make the switch before TX.
 

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Nope, not the right thing if you want your scanner to still receive after you transmit with the '850. There are devices out there that will let you do this, but they are way out of price for hobby use like this.

Do whatever you can to either a) make a fool-proof switch between each radio so that you can't TX into either the scanner or to complete open, or b) do what it takes to put up a 2nd antenna, especially located at least 2 or 3 feet away from whichever is the one for the transmitter.
 

enidpd804

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Thanks for the response.

Nope, not the right thing if you want your scanner to still receive after you transmit with the '850. There are devices out there that will let you do this, but they are way out of price for hobby use like this.
Do you mean it will fry or I can't do both at the same time?

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Do whatever you can to either a) make a fool-proof switch between each radio so that you can't TX into either the scanner or to complete open, or b) do what it takes to put up a 2nd antenna, especially located at least 2 or 3 feet away from whichever is the one for the transmitter.
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I was considering using my old scanner antenna a few feet below the 1410 and that's still an option. Can you expound on the, "fool-proof" switch thought?
 

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Thanks for the response.



Do you mean it will fry or I can't do both at the same time?
Do whatever you can to either a) make a fool-proof switch between each radio so that you can't TX into either the scanner or to complete open, or b) do what it takes to put up a 2nd antenna, especially located at least 2 or 3 feet away from whichever is the one for the transmitter.
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I was considering using my old scanner antenna a few feet below the 1410 and that's still an option. Can you expound on the, "fool-proof" switch thought?
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You can LISTEN to both at the same time, no problem. All day, every day, 24/7/365.

Just don't transmit with the '850 when both radios are on the splitter; that will gloriously blow up the input section of the scanner.
 

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I was once decided on this path of signal for several radios and decided against it. Much easier (and cheaper) to erect 2 antennas or several scanners on one antenna and your Wouxon on its own antenna and away from the scanners. Just works best for me with my AnyTone 878UV Plus and also no room for error and transmitting into your scanners. I split my rooftop Cushcraft AR-270B between my 746 Pro and a pigtail over to my 878. Works great.
 

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All right, guys. I'll abort the switch plan and just use another antenna. Back to Antenna Farm I go. Thanks much the info.
 
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I have a Tram 1410 I just put in for my scanner. For kicks, I unplugged the antenna and hooked it up to my Wouxun 850G. Wow. We got some great distance and I want to use a switch between the two. I bought an Opek CX-201 splitter but I'm not sure it's the right thing. When I switch away from the scanner, the signal gets poor but it's still there. I'm hoping someone can tell me if this is the right equipment to keep my radio from frying the scanner.
Just a thought...........
 

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Never have a transmitter and a receiver connected to the same antenna. It's a recipe for trouble, even with a switch. If you forget to flip the switch, you can damage the transmitter if you key up while not connected to the antenna. And there's the hassle of only being able to use one radio at a time.

A discone is great for scanning because of its bandwidth, but there are other antenna options that are much better for transmitting on a relatively narrow range of frequencies.
 
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