I am thinking about getting this radio but had a question for you? Does the radio have the male connector like the Baofeng or the female like the Yaesu / Uniden scanners. When you mentioned the female connector I wasn't sure whether you meant on the antenna or the actual radio.It's actually pretty good. I like the look of it too. I don't see a need to replace/upgrade it for now. I tried one of those $10 17.7" antennas from E-Bay but it was too long for practical use.
Unfortunately, Laird quit making whip antennas for portables. You can always buy the Motorola antennas though since the DJ-500 uses the SMA-Female connector. (For single-band usage.)
Here's a pic of the Motorola UHF antenna on the DJ-500 and the DJ-500 antenna on the Motorola. It looks cute:
Here's a place to buy the various single-band antennas if you get curious:
Motorola XTS 5000 Portable - ShopWiscomm
Oh I forgot that Motorola makes a dual-band VHF/UHF for their APX 7000 series:
PMAT4001A PMAT4001 - Motorola APX Dual Band Antenna VHF UHF GPS - ShopWiscomm
Kind of pricey but I may give that a shot for fun.
Thanks in advance for your answer.