Replacement SMA antenna for 396XT

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W2IRT

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Hi all,
Thanks to a friend in my radio club, I'm now the proud owner of a used 396XT. Physical condition is a tad rough but that's fine since it works 100%. The only thing is the rubber duck antenna is cracked all the way through. Before I order an OEM replacement, I'm wondering if there's any wide-band SMA mount scanner antenna that's preferred, or if I should just go ahead and order a direct replacement.

Any thoughts?
Thanks!
 

teufler

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THEY HAVE BEEN MANY DISCUSSIONS ON DIFFERENT RUBBER DUCKS. Some prefer a RadioShack 800 mhz model, some have taken a motorla stock 800 mhz antenna and put a male to male sma connector on it. Some use the Austin Condor antenna. I have tried them all, I prefer the Austin Condor antenna.
http://forums.radioreference.com/uniden-owner-tech-support/293179-replacement-sma-antenna-396xt.html
It produces 1-2 bars better than the stock uniden antenna. Range is about 25 miles. Outside antenna produce ranges from 35 miles or more. A beam works out to 100 miles or more. Even an old tv antenna that might still be on the house works pretty good.
 

W2IRT

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West Caldwell, NJ
THEY HAVE BEEN MANY DISCUSSIONS ON DIFFERENT RUBBER DUCKS. Some prefer a RadioShack 800 mhz model, some have taken a motorla stock 800 mhz antenna and put a male to male sma connector on it. Some use the Austin Condor antenna. I have tried them all, I prefer the Austin Condor antenna.
http://forums.radioreference.com/uniden-owner-tech-support/293179-replacement-sma-antenna-396xt.html
It produces 1-2 bars better than the stock uniden antenna. Range is about 25 miles. Outside antenna produce ranges from 35 miles or more. A beam works out to 100 miles or more. Even an old tv antenna that might still be on the house works pretty good.
Awesome. Ordered, and thanks!
 
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