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Speaker microphone antennas?

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dixie729

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Not sure where this topic would belong.... But since I've seen a lot of Motorola radios with these microphones.
I've always wondered why a speaker microphone would need an antenna. I've usually seen them used on trunked systems radios.
Can anyone shed some light as to why you would need or have one?
 

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Simple reasoning, since you already have the mic up high (on lapel or color) and it already has wires connecting to the radio presumed on a utility belt, put the antenna up high with the mic for better reception & use existing cord for connection. Makes sense doesn't it?
 

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It gets the antenna away from the body and up high to allow for better performance. I used these in LE for over 20 years on a portable only system and it truly makes a difference. I really missed them when working plain clothes assignments.
 

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They are used for UHF and 7/800 systems, repeater and trunked. Though not intended for VHF on some well covered systems it worked decent. As stated it moved the antenna higher and away from the body that acted as a shield.
 
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