02-18-2012, 08:24 PM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
I guess one question is how much are you willing to spend for a base dual-band antenna? And then just how 'much' performance are you looking for (what's around you fairly close and then further away)?
Whatever you select, getting it higher will definitely make a difference, more than you might think. It doesn't much matter which antenna it is, it will always benefit from more height.
For omnidirectional dual band antennas start thinking in terms of how many elements they have in a vertical array. When you get to something like 3 or 4 on 2 meters, that's getting to be about the 'average' for a higher gain type antenna. On 70 Cm, figure on maybe twice that many maybe. I've had good luck with the Comet 'GP' series of dual-band antennas. They aren't cheap though.
I don't know of many who only (get and stay with) just one antenna. So, why not the 'biggest' you can to start with and not have to go through all those 'other' ones?