m0lsx wrote:What do you want the antenna for?
There is nothing at all wrong with the Watson antenna, but it will only improve things over the standard antenna for handheld use. Being longer it will not let you tuck the radio into your jacket pocket for discreet Close Call use, when you are out & about. And being another handheld antenna it will not let you hear new stations, just those already there but weak, better.
I use my handhelds in the car sitting in a drink cup/can holder with the antenna above the dash & like that I have to use the standard or a better standard size antenna, as the longer handheld antennas are just too long.
There are alternatives to just another handheld antenna. But it does depend on how you want to use the antenna.
So the Watson is a better handheld antenna, but that does not mean it is what you need. However at around £15 it's still a good buy. Nagoya are also worth considering, especially as they are slightly cheaper, if you shop around you will get a Nagoya for £15 (or less) including postage.
You need a BNC connector for the 125.
andy1t72 wrote:hi guys
got my first ever scanner at xmas and thinking of upgrading my antenna , someone reccommended the WATSON W-881 Super Gainer Scanner Antenna 25-1900MHz BNC Connector
my question is - is this a decent antenna for my 125xlt and will the connector fit on as the normal antenna that came with it
Chris P wrote:I have recently carried out a comparison of a few handheld antennas across a wide range of frequencies and the Nagoya 771 type ( even those that are obvious copies ) came out at the top of the list . I compared Watson gainer and super gainer with the Nagoya types and a couple of 901 lookalikes along with the standard rubber ducks supplied by Uniden and Alinco . All antennas were located at the same height and
however for the civil airband none were as good as a homebrew airband slim jim cut for 126Mhz which was even better than my diamond D777 . For UHF the bowtie takes some beating
the handhelds when used on the ground floor of my house were next to useless in comparison to when I used them by a first floor window .
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