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#21 Corey

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:17 PM

If you are using it for talking truck to truck off road you would have no issues getting several miles with a 6" tall 1/4 wave antenna. UHF antennas in the GMRS band are not real tall and the CB firestick is 27MHz and would never work in GMRS. Mobile radios need to be programed with a computer, most of use program our handhelds with computers as well.


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 12:49 AM

I seen a couple fiberglass ones that was for 450 - 512 mhz. Maybe the where for a home base station? Roughly 5ft tall. 6.5db with max power of 200watts... althought i know 50watts is our max output power... if i am to put one on the car if like to have a perminant fixture with a quick disconnect like i do on the cb. I dont trust people around sd... lol they would rob u just to say they did

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 12:51 AM

http://www.banoggle....urce=googlebase

It was a base one... this is what i was thinkin with a spring with the quick disconnect. Prolly too much antenna for a car huh?

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 12:55 AM

If i was to grab a 45watt radio with repeater capablities what kind of antenna is preferred?

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:36 AM

Ok i see... how far of a range would a unit like that achieve? Dependant on the antenna?? Say for instance the antenna like a firestik that i seen the other day. I only have a handheld, do u program these manually or can you hook it up with computer software like the handhelds?

Mobile to mobile with radios such as the Kenwood TK-840-1 or TK880-1 would be around 10 to 15 miles depending on terrain and type of antenna used. These are the antennas I currently have on my car. The one on the left is a Diamond dual-band antenna on a fold-into-trunk mount. The one on the right is the new Laird UHF 5/8 over 5/8 antenna for the CS800 DMR radio. I will be adding a third antenna in the middle of the trunk for the TK-880 GMRS radio.

 

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:39 AM

Leixen VV-898P UHF/VHF Dual Band Mobile Radio... thats one i was looking at last night

I have two of those. One is still new in the box. The other was tested for several weeks. Honestly, they are just plain junk.



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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:44 AM

If i was to grab a 45watt radio with repeater capablities what kind of antenna is preferred?

Please try to put all your questions in one post... Regarding this question, see my previous reply with photos. The Laird mono-band antenna is excellent, once cut to frequency per the chart supplied.

 

The Kenwood radios require programming software and cable. There are some USB/radio cables available but be certain to buy only the ones with a genuine FDTI chip. The clones will not work. The software is available free from a source on-line in the United Kingdom*, but will require an older computer to use. I keep a WinXP machine around for just this reason.

 

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 02:02 AM

Leixen VV-898P UHF/VHF Dual Band Mobile Radio... thats one i was looking at last night


So I have 2 of these little gems. One of them is mounted in my wife's car (Outback Sport) and the other is in a little "portable" setup to use in rental vehicles.

25 Watts, part 90, and low power drain. Audio on them is pretty darn good, both transmit and receive, but the scanning really stinks. You can control the volume, channels, and A/B selection directly from the mic.

Basically worth the $95 I dropped on on each of them.

Www.miklor.Com did a great review on the 10 watt model, and pretty much hit it on the head.

As soon as I get to a computer, I'll upload my photos of the "portable" setup. It basically will slide between your seat and the console in your crosstek.

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 11:18 AM

Ok that would be cool! Thank you

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 11:56 PM

OK... Was working on the pics, but they are all too large to post. Going to "shrink" em down and see if I can get them up.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 08:40 AM

OK... Was working on the pics, but they are all too large to post. Going to "shrink" em down and see if I can get them up.

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 01:43 PM

UHF is a height is might situation. Antenna placement really dictates the antenna type.

I run commercial quality NMO antennas with the exception of my dd which has a multi-band setup on it. Everything is 1/4 wave.

My Jeep has a fender mounted Larsen NMO-27 which is cut for the CB it is attached to (old off road habits die hard) and a sprung Larsen NMOQ cut for 146 MHz (I've moved all the ranch vehicles over to commercial VHF).

My old dd (which has been sitting in a field near Lubbock for about 8 months now) has a PCTEL 430-480 MHz antenna on the roof and a Larsen NMOQ cut for 146 MHz on the roof as well.

Current dd has what's called a Panorama Sharkee with a V/U/7/800 whip on it.

Not a fan of fiberglass antennas, especially those made by Firestik as there is some snake oil in their marketing claims. Other than that they are heavy and perform no better than other options which whistle far less going down the highway.

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