03-15-2012, 02:19 PM
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W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kelowna, BC
Refer to this thread about the aftermarket 2000 mah batteries. Yaesu VX-8r extended battery comparison
As for antennas, I have a MFJ-1720S. It is a tri-band antenna (2m, 70cm, 6m). It works well but it is lnog and quite top heavy. here is thye write up for it.
"This MFJ Triple Band HT
FlexiDuck antenna is a whopping 19 inches tall - it's big enough to deliver a powerful transmit and receive signal for 2 Meters, 440 MHz, and 6 Meters! Has an SMA connector for those popular new HT
MFJ-1720S is a 5/8 Wave on 440 MHz to give you a hearty 3.2 dB gain. On 2 Meters you get a 1/4 Wave antenna with 2.15 dBi gain. On 6 Meters you get an efficient full size 1/4 Wave antenna for full-size performance. Precision tuned at the factory for low SWR, you get maximum performance right out of the package. High-Q, low loss construction gives you maximum radiated power. Handles 10 Watts."
I personaly don't use it much. I mostly use 2m and 70cm so I have a dual band antenna that is my primary antenna. It is Nogoya 701 and I think it is excellent. You also can't go wrong with a $13 price.
73 Darryl VA7DTP
Portable: Yaesu VX-8DR
Mobile: Yaesu FTM-350R & Comet CA-2x4SR
Base: Icom 746Pro & Chameleon V22L Multiband antenna
MFJ-993B Auto Tuner / RigExpert Ti-5