Uniden BC72XLT Supplied Antenna Gain (VHF Airband)

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MarkHinton

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I contacted Uniden a few days ago and got a response yesterday, the only problem is that the antenna will apparently give you "around 3db" of gain. The question is what that is measured in, and how much better a 1/2λ dipole would be. Full question & response quoted below.

Me said:
What is the gain of the supplied rubber ducky antenna in the 108-137 MHz airband?
Uniden said:
Thank you for using our system.
It is around 3db.
Sincerely,
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Created On: 10/4/2011 6:10:33 PM
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hertzian

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Ack! I can attest to the fact that the oem antenna is not good for airband monitoring on a 72/95xlt, which I have. Prcguy is right about -10db attenuation - perhaps even more compared to a half-wave dipole.

At the very least, the typical commonly found amateur 2-meter band antenna is a bit better, although I like to use airband-specific antennas.

If you want a small vhf airband only duckie with bnc connector, the ICOM FA-B02AR (b-zero-2AR) does a good job for the same size if that is important to you. You can typically order it from pilot shops, and elsewhere on the net. It isn't as good as a half-wave dipole, nor is it better than a quarter-wave whip, but it beats the oem duck by a long shot.

Some very nice vhf-airband antennas (and more) can be found here as well:
http://www.dpdproductions.com/page_vhf_air.html

3db of gain from the oem duck? Not in this universe. :)
 
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MarkHinton

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Thanks for the replies, I'm going to have to look into getting that Icom, hopefully I'll have the cash for it soon.
 
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