I have another excellent product for you to try!
Following my post re the Spectrum Electronics SlimG Airband Antenna
can I please draw your attention to the Garex Flexi-Whip also made by Spectrum Electronics.
(The below write up by Tony from Spectrum will explain all but I can tell you now that they are well worth £20 - £24 depending on requirements) They are basically a superb and very excellent compromise between the dog awful standard rubber duck and a full length telescopic chrome antenna, which as we know are ok but very inconvenient and place strain on the scanners BNC socket. The GAREX FLEXI-WHIPS have a nylon cover and are fully waterproof and rugged. Solutions have been developed to allow the aerial to be supplied with a wide variety of plug or socket connectors. The maximum production length is 50cm, so for frequencies below 140MHz they are made as shortened loaded quarter-wave aerials, and above that frequency they are full quarter-wavelengths.
Flexi-whips can be custom manufactured for any frequency in the range 68-418MHz, and the 2m (144MHz) version is normally made and trimmed as a dual band, quarter wave on 144MHz and three quarter wave on 433MHz.
So how does mine perform?
Its brilliant for what it is and a vast improvement! It gets me two way comms from both Gatwick Tower and Heathrow Approach and they are 16 and 26 miles away respectively. It feels ultra lightweight, looks really attractive on the Uniden handset and its a great performer.
Obviously my SlimG is better and a lot stronger but then it will be because I use mine for a homebase set up.
The Garex Flexi-Whip will so now be my staple diet when on the move whereas the standard rubber duck and telescopic chrome antenna are now in my drawer and are unlikely to see daylight.
Have a look on http://www.spectrumcomms.co.uk
and search under Aerials and Cables
then look under Flexi-Whips VHF/UHF (RX/TX)
or call Tony direct. Please mention Laurie as I am trying to build him some customer base.