Best antenna for PMR446 and circa 499mhz UHF

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Re: Best antenna for PMR446 and circa 499mhz UHF

Postby m0lsx » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:26 am

G4RMT wrote:I really am quite surprised by the constant complaints about the Boafengs. Performance wise, none of the models I have for demo purposes perform badly enough that I can label them 'trouble'.


I know it was not a Boafeng, but several years ago I standing at the top of Cromer Church Tower, which at just under 200 feet is the tallest in the Norfolk.

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And for those who do not know the area, there is a ridge just inland of the town, which includes the highest spot in the county, so it's not the advantage you would expect, especially as it stands on top of a cliff of a similar height & is well clear of most obstructions, but the inland landscape.


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I had my Yaesu VX-7r & my £30 Diamond, (a so called high gain antenna) in my rucksack & was working through the VHF repeater in Norwich when someone about 9 miles away in North Walsham said he could hear me on the input & other than the typical VX-7r audible CTCSS it was a good signal. As I also had my £30 (including postage) Puxing in my bag I tried that using the standard antenna & the 9 miles between Cromer & North Walsham showed an identical signal except that the £30 radio had no audible CTCSS unlike the £200 radio plus a £30 antenna.
For me the issues with these cheap far east radios come when they are connected to base antennas. They are dirty & not good with strong local signals, but my experience is that as a whole the standard antennas are as good as any & as a whole it is people operating illegally who moan about the antennas. And I suspect this is because they want to look justified in changing them for bigger antennas with alleged gain.
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