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Yagi on GMRS: Should I go vertical or horizontal?

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Josh380

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I've had my yagi setup on a non conductive push up mast, vertically polarized, for quite some time time now, and a friend mentioned my signal might be better if I changed it to a horizontal polarization. I've done some reading on this and it seems that in a line of sight situation, with a direct, unobstructed path to the repeater antenna, I might get the most amount of gain from my antenna.

Thoughts? Has anyone tried this on GMRS?
 

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Gmrs is Vertically oriented so there ya go ! Horizontal is fine IF your other stations are also Horizontal.
 

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I've had my yagi setup on a non conductive push up mast, vertically polarized, for quite some time time now, and a friend mentioned my signal might be better if I changed it to a horizontal polarization. I've done some reading on this and it seems that in a line of sight situation, with a direct, unobstructed path to the repeater antenna, I might get the most amount of gain from my antenna.

Thoughts? Has anyone tried this on GMRS?
Depends on if you are communicating with other vertical or horizontal stations.

You will get a lot of loss mix matching polarization's.
 

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I've had my yagi setup on a non conductive push up mast, vertically polarized, for quite some time time now, and a friend mentioned my signal might be better if I changed it to a horizontal polarization. I've done some reading on this and it seems that in a line of sight situation, with a direct, unobstructed path to the repeater antenna, I might get the most amount of gain from my antenna.

Thoughts? Has anyone tried this on GMRS?
I'd stick with a vertically polarized set up. The repeater antenna is more than likely vertically polarized.
 

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Since GMRS is a mobile/portable radio service, and most mobile and portable antennas are vertically polarized, the repeaters are too.
You will lose some signal trying to do a horizontally polarized antenna to talk to vertically polarized antennas on repeaters, mobiles and portables. Others said this above, just reinforcing it.

You can run horizontal polarization if -everything- you are talking to is the same way. It's find for fixed links. A good way to reduce some interference from co-channel users.
 
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