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What do you all use for antennas at home?


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I have a 3-legged 1/4 ground plane i built for my house but I am wondering if anyone uses anything else for home usage? Like a 1/2 wave dipole or similar that they have built/bought? Looking for something relatively durable.

 

I can make these 1/4 waves for pretty cheap but I want something a little stronger I am thinking of doing a J-Pole next out of copper piping but I am worried it will be hard to make as the elements are so short.

 

 

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For one radio I use a Midland MXTA26 on a cookie-sheet in the window, connected to a KG1000G.  My repeater AND my XTL5000 are both connected to a Tram 1486 on the roof.

Both get me ~75-80 miles of farz which is about my limit because of the geography, but the 1486 on the roof can pick up a LOT more/much weaker signals.

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I have found that my Jetstream JTM3B does pretty well on GMRS. I normally just use it for amateur 2 meters and 440, but I was surprised to find that it has a decent match on GMRS also. I set it up on a 20 foot window washing extension pole. I can't leave it up all the time since I live in a condo with an ASSociation. 

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