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eng645

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I have a Pro-2096 scanner, I use it only for Marcs and digital. I currently have a Max model 8HH indoor antenna and it works very well. What I'm wondering if I could put and outside antenna up and get better reception? What would be a middle of the road as far as price wise and also what kind of coax would be good to use?
 
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Your 'Max model 8HH indoor antenna' appears to be a typical 1/4 wave 'groundplane' antenna and as such has no 'gain' by definition. The same antenna outside and as high as you can get it would work 'better' than indoors. Increasing the electrical size of that 1/4 wave antenna to 1/2 wave, or 5/8 wave, or a vertical array of any of those electrical 'sizes' will result in a definite and positive gain figure.
Very simply, just moving your present antenna outside and up high would make quite a difference in signal reception. Nothing 'miraculous', but better.
And then there's the matter of the feed line for that antenna. One good way of determining which feed line would be 'best' is by use of a coax comparison chart, or a 'spec' chart of the various sizes of coax cables. Select a cable that has the least loss per 100 feet at the frequency of interest (800 - 950 Mhz?). Sit down before looking at the prices of those cables, the good ones aren't going to be cheap. You should have a rough idea of how much cable it would take to get to that outside and high antenna. If you are like the rest of us, you may have to revise your estimates a few times to get them into a "reasonable" cost range.
Happy figuring!
- 'Doc


(One reasonable guess about what cable to look for is Times Microwave LMR-400. Listen to your wallet scream! :))
 

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You need to look at your monitoring needs- what freqs you are listening to as well as type of system and select an antenna system based on what will do the job the best. Cable and mounting height are also important to consider.
 

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What freqs are you listening to? And what freqs do you want to listen to?
 

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Mainly the State patrol in and around south west stark county, Canton fire and Stark County.
 
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