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Best Value Outside Antenna

Postby Iain59 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:41 pm

What is the best value outside antenna for airband
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Re: Best Value Outside Antenna

Postby Iain59 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:51 pm

What are these like can they cover the frequencies claimed https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scanner-Rece ... Sw401aC0MF
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Re: Best Value Outside Antenna

Postby m0lsx » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:16 pm

A discone is good. But if you mostly listen to Airband, then get a airband specific antenna.
This would give you Civil & mil Air & is from a decent ebay builder.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/dual-band-j-pole-antenna-airbands-125mhz-300mhz/163283867092?hash=item26047a15d4:g:n2MAAOSwQFNa0jby

He also does a decent Civil Airband antenna.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/airband-125-127-mhz-jpole-antenna/163277861389?hash=item26041e720d:g:95EAAOSwgsxaddok

And don't forget you will need decent coax & mounting brackets etc to get it in the air.

For something cheaper & plug & play. Try an airband Slim G antenna.
http://www.spectrumcomms.co.uk/Aerials.htm

SLIM G TX & RX AERIAL. Manufactured for either 156MHz Marine band, or 145MHz 2m (Amateur) or 127.5MHz (Airband). This was previously called the GAREX JIMP and is essentially a portable version of the Slim Jim described by G2BCX in PW April 1978.Actually the aerial described as a J pole is really a misnomer as it really is a squashed letter G, hence the new name. It is ¾ of a wavelength long on either 156MHz or 145Mhz or 127.5MHz and achieves a gain of 1.8dBd, which is 12dBd better than a 15cm rubber duck. The main element is fabricated using 300 Ohm twin feeder with a matching stub in a watertight housing. There is 4m of coax cable with a choice of BNC, or PL259 connectors. The 156MHz version is 1.3m long, the 2m version is 1.4m long and the 127.5MHz version 1.6m long and all folds down to 25cm. Weight is just 250g (9oz). Price £22.00 UK.


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The Slim G is £22 including postage & will tape to a rigid pole or hang in a loft, a window, or from guttering etc.
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Re: Best Value Outside Antenna

Postby Iain59 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:41 pm

Ok thanks, I don't know if you have seen any of my other posts I have come back to scanning also used to be a CBer so I happen to still have the mast plus mount also a long length of I think RG8. Last week I was in Wales with my scanner in my car with roof mag mount antenna https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1 and anywhere between Wales to Wiltshire & back to Byfleet in Surrey I could pick up London 135.8000 134.1250 plus various 2 way conversations.So I have 2 options at home 30ft up or 15ft with clear view to the north and the 30ft would be 360 degrees.
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Re: Best Value Outside Antenna

Postby m0lsx » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:28 pm

For Civil Airband RG8 will be fine. But make sure it's in good condition.
I use one of those mini mags. I first brought it to get my daughter on air from the car. She had her handheld & a mini mag in the back & I had up to 200 watts on VHF & UHF, plus some decent single band antennas in the front. :mrgreeny:
And I have to say those little mini mags give surprisingly good performance given what they are & what they cost.
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