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#1 fmorfe

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:54 PM

Putting a repeater on the air shortly. Im looking for recommendations for an antenna. Im looking at the comet or the diamond . Both are rated at about 5.5 db gain. Also have seen a phelps dodge station master for 250 dollars. Not sure if its worth it though. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

#2 JohnE

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

what model PD?


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:13 PM

8905. 201-509. 460 to 470 mhz..

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:06 PM

the older 201's are better IMO. I have been using them for over 20 yrs.since PD changed hands yrs ago the new stuff is not the same. of the last 6 RFS  201 we bought 4 went back inside of a yr b/c the radome separated from the support pipe. I still have on in my service bay just because.

here is what I have been using for a while, cheap light and work OK 5dbd

 

http://www.tessco.co...archText=fg4605

also in 7dbd

http://www.tessco.co...archText=fg4607

these are list prices if you hunt around you can find them for almost half that.

here is the current 201

http://www.tessco.co...716&eventPage=5

 

I am not to familiar w/the comet or diamond antennas ,you'll have to search here to see what thought are on those.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:30 AM

I have a Comet CA-712EFC and it has performed very well.



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 12:03 PM

Also very happy with the Comet CA-712EFC



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:48 PM

For what it's worth. I'm not sure what size setup you are looking at. For a small to medium coverage area setup. There is a ham guy who makes some outstanding jpole antennas. I just bought this one http://www.jpole-ant...j-pole-antenna/

 

My systems is small. My antenna is only up about 15ft. I'm running the repeater at 25 watts and am covering a good 5-7 miles solid with just that setup. If I could test with the antenna higher, I'm sure the performance would easily increase to a comparable $200 antenna. I am very impressed on the performance of this antenna.

 

*Edit*

 

I'm also using LMR400 with it, but planning to upgrade to some hardline. Feedline is just as important as the antenna. Keep that in mind :)


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 09:53 AM

I've got a VHF channel master laying around somewhere…only down side to them is that the VHF ones are 20ft long and a single piece. 

 

I've got a 6dB Telewave antenna that was being used temporarily and worked well. For a building installation/tower install I try and use nothing less than a DB408…usually end up using 420's though.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 06:51 AM

If you want an antenna to last a lifetime spend a bit more and buy a DB404. I run these on all my repeaters and have yet to have an issue including when they are iced over or not. I also use one as a portable antenna on my mobile repeater and being all aluminum holds up better than any fiberglass stick i have ever tried. 


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#10 zap

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:33 PM

This is my "stash".

 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 06:46 PM

Awesome picture....looks about identical to my pile behind my barn. I think i have antenna's from 30MHZ all the way to 900MZ and at least 2 towers laying in the pile ! Of course mine is currently burried in the snow ! 



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

ZAP... 

 

your "stash" pic just made my day.

 

is that a conex box there next to the pile?

 

73 

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:52 PM

I don't believe so.






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