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JCC419

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I'm looking into purchasing a antenna and I was considering the scantenna. Would like to hear from others who have it . Also I maybe looking at the diamond 500 also as a second choice.. And what kind of coax can you use, I heard lmr400 and beldon 9913 are very good....
 

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I have used the 'Scantenna' (from Grove) for over a year now and it works very well. (with the supplied coax)
 

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I don't think you can go wrong with a scantenna. I bought one from Grove and it came with 50' of coax at a reasonable price. In my area, I listen to VHF low band stuff and it has very good reception. I don't know what the specs are for higher freqs (800Mhz) since I don't have much of that in my region.

The antenna construction is reasonable for the price, I've had mine for over a year now and it's withstood harsh winters and high winds with no problems, but only time will tell on the lifespan.

J.
 

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I've used one and while its performance was fine it didn't withstand the wind very well. The elements are thin walled aluminum with a seam like your average tv antenna. Also the plastic block broke on mine at one point also. I've repaired mine 4 times in 3 years and it needs to fixed again.
 

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With the added support mine has been up there for about 3 or 4 years without a problem. I really dont think that it would have made it that long with out it. The Scantenna made it thro 60+ winds and several ice storms. I wouldnt even bother to put one up with out the extra reinforcement....
 

JCC419

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Thanks to all who replied, Its a big help.. I'm planning on montioring some 800 mhz trunking in my area thats why I was inquiring about different types of coax cable which may help with the performance
 
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I have had 3 of the scanantenna's they work real good on reception but they do not last very long the wind will take a toll on them the elaments bend and break real easy.

I just bought a Firestik Railroad base antenna from CB world and i love it it is just a few $ more then the scanantenna and the reception on all bands i think is beter it costed me $64 with shipping it comes with the antenna which is high quality 50ft of coax and the pl259 to bnc connector.

It took about 15 min to put togather i have it only about 20ft off the ground i have my radioshcak antenna double that hight and the Firestik antenna is getting out the same distance at about half the height.
 

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My first Scanantenna did not stand up to the wind very good over a few years - like you said, took a toll on the elements, bending, breaking, etc.
I liked the antenna, so looked on Ebay, and found that they had improved on the design - same design, but stronger, thicker elements. Bought it, and it has been up for about a year now, and no problems, and have had some 50mph wind gusts. Good antenna!
 

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My first Scanantenna did not stand up to the wind very good over a few years - like you said, took a toll on the elements, bending, breaking, etc.
I liked the antenna, so looked on Ebay, and found that they had improved on the design - same design, but stronger, thicker elements. Bought it, and it has been up for about a year now, and no problems, and have had some 50mph wind gusts. Good antenna!
Thats good to know because that is why i did not buy it again was due to the elements breaking in the wind and i get heavy wind gusts where i am at.
 

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I have had my scantenna ST-2 for about 2 and 1/2 years now and I have not a problem with the elements. I do have to go up on the roof to clean the conections about once a year but other the that I love it. It picks up the 800MHz truck systems pretty good. I live about 20 mins south of Hartfordm, CT and they are using the EDACS 800MHz system and I get them loud and clear.
 
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