Extreme Posted March 17, 2021 Report Share Posted March 17, 2021 Running Kenwood 25w mobile in my rigs. I've run 1/4 wave antennas exclusively and they seem just fine. Terrain is mountainous with constant elevation changes, repeaters are often not much higher (1000' or so) than where we wheel. I'm thinking of spending a few bucks on a 5/8 antenna just to test and out of curiosity, for both repeater and simplex operation (90%), truck - truck. There are lots of choices but I want one with an integral spring. Overhead clearance can occasionally be an issue but the antenna is easy enough to remove when needed. Nearly all are 3db gain up to 3.5db and from $20 to $50+ and from 12 - 15". These will be installed on NMO mounts with roof ground plane. I've read what I could about 1/4 vs 5/8 and it can turn into quite a topic of contention; i just wanna try it on my own. Recommendations, experience on 5/8? I'm looking at Larsen and PCTEL mostly, at the Antenna Farm. Have my Cart ready to go there, just waiting to add the 5/8. Of course, the one I'm leaning toward is on the high end of pricing. Black antenna for black XJ. https://www.theantennafarm.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6537 P.S. Now I'm finding 1/2 wave 5db spring base antennas at 31". Overthinking again.Thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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