So I bought a Midland MXT400 and some Midland talkies for the property I manage. It makes the wife feel better about being able to reach me when I am wotking on the property since the cell service out here is horrendous. Anywho, on to my setup:
Midland GXT1000VP4 twin pack of walkie talkies from the local Walmart. They do a reasonable job of providing total coverage to the house on the 225 acre property I manage.
Midland GXT115 mobile. Bought a couple of these. One for my car and one for a base unit at the house. I am still using the included antenna for the car but will be upgrading that soon. The one I am using for the house is where I have the question(s).
I picked up a Harvest BC200 450-470Mhz UHF 6.5dBi 200W Pre-Tuned GMRS Base Antenna and have it mounted on a 15 foot (approximate) pole next to the house which is a 2 story. The pole was already there with nothing else on it and the thought of scaling my EXTREMELY steep pitched roof to get the antenna on the top of it was more than I wanted to consider. so the antenna is on this pole right next to the house for now. Also, I had some RG-8x cable (about 50 feet approx) which I used to make a quick connection to the base unit and proceded to measure the SWR with a Nissei RS-50 digital meter I borrowed from my brother. I was VERY dissappointed to find my "pretuned" antenna was reading 1:4 for SWR.
So finally, here come my questions:
Can I make adjustments to the cable length to affect the Swr? And speaking of cable: The ultimate length I am going to need is somewhere around 85 - 90 feet. Being that long is it of measureable benefit to get LMR400? How "bendable" is LMR400? Part of the run will be MUCH easier if I can make a couple 90 degree turns that would be kinda sharp.
Thanks for any advice!