XPR5550 in 2003 Ford Explorer

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A nice, clean install. It doesn't get much better than that. Looks good! Can we get a wider shot of the interior? I think the head is at the base of the center stack, where that meets the console, but I'm not 100%.
 

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Looks good! Easily accessible but down out of the way in a safe area.
 

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How come that antenna is so small? I'm assuming the OP wants something low profile, but how would this compare to a regular sized UHF or VHF antenna?
 

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How come that antenna is so small? I'm assuming the OP wants something low profile, but how would this compare to a regular sized UHF or VHF antenna?
He is running UHF and its a low profile quarter wave antenna. They work about the same as a 6" whip uhf antenna. There is no comparison on VHF as the VHF low profile is basically a dummy load.
 

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Only thing i recommend is either change coax to mini uhf (the bulky adapters are prone to fail), or get a pigtail adapter. Motorola makes a mini uhf to uhf female.
I'll second this. Those mini-UHF connectors on the back of Motorola radios are easily damaged by adapters hanging off them. The pigtails are a cheap/easy solution. Replacing broken mini-UHF connectors isn't super difficult, but it's easily avoided.

 

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He is running UHF and its a low profile quarter wave antenna. They work about the same as a 6" whip uhf antenna. There is no comparison on VHF as the VHF low profile is basically a dummy load.
I'll second this. Low profile, same results as regular 'whip' on UHF.

Definitely avoid the VHF ones, though.
 

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I'll second this. Low profile, same results as regular 'whip' on UHF.

Definitely avoid the VHF ones, though.
This is very interesting, I might actually try one of these. I'll have to see if I can get one for a standard NMO Mount.
 
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So what are you using it for UHF or DMR or both?
UHF 403-470 Analog and DMR.

They're standard NMO antennas, yes.
Yes. There is a 3/4" hole on the roof toward the back.

Only thing i recommend is either change coax to mini uhf (the bulky adapters are prone to fail), or get a pigtail adapter. Motorola makes a mini uhf to uhf female.
6 months in. No issues so far.

How come that antenna is so small? I'm assuming the OP wants something low profile, but how would this compare to a regular sized UHF or VHF antenna?
 
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