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Old 03-15-2012, 08:17 AM
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Default VX-8DR - best upgraded antenna & who has 2000 maH batteries?


I'd like to upgrade to the best possible antenna for the Yaesu VX-8DR to maximize its performance. What would you guys say that is?

Isn't there a ducky that has a double antenna built in it?

Also, I've read somewhere that someone makes a 2000 maH battery for this HT. who makes it and how does it compare in quality & battery life to the Yaesu 1800 maH battery?

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:39 AM
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Is hts the best upgraded antenna to get for it:

Diamond SRH320A Diamond SRH320A [] - $35.95 : The Antenna Farm :: , Your Two Way Radio Source!
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That's a very good antenna...just realize that you will not be able to use 6m with it. Regarding the battery: I'm not sure about a 2000mAh one. I use the 1800mAh from Yaesu. If you find an aftermarket 2000 mAh battery, please share the info.

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I just got the battery and radio so I don't really have any kind of reveiw but here's the link

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Is there a high quality upgraded antenna that will do all 4 bands? I'm in Cleveland so I need to see what ones are even in use around here.

But if I were to get the diamond tri band, should I also get an upgraded 6m antenna or is the stock antenna plenty for 6m?

Also Peter linked to the place I've heard of for the 2000 mah battery. I'm just wondering the quality & lifespan compared to the Yaesu 1800? (sometimes off brand or generic batteries don't last as long as they say)

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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 transceivers.

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.
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That's a very good antenna...just realize that you will not be able to use 6m with it. Regarding the battery: I'm not sure about a 2000mAh one. I use the 1800mAh from Yaesu. If you find an aftermarket 2000 mAh battery, please share the info.
So I called my local HAM shop & asked them about the Diamond SRH320A antenna & if 6m is popular around here & they said not really, mostly 2m & 440.

They had a dual band Diamond for $25, but the one I linked to in this thread is a tri-band for $35.

I'm not really worried about the price, just want the best quality. Will I have more interference with a tri-band vs a dual band antenna?

Even though 6m isn't popular would it be a good idea to get a higher quality 6m dedicated antenna or do you think the stock antenna that comes with the Yaesu if fine if I ever needed to use 6m?

Mind you this is mostly going to be an emergency style radio.

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So looking at eham reviews people also mention the

Diamond 940

But I think that one has 6m instead of 220 which Gamma says is no good for Ht & it's not popular in the Cleveland area really anyways.

But they also suggest a quad band Diamond 999

How does the 999 compare to the 320 do you guys think for the 8DR? Should i get it since its a quad band like my radio?

Are there any telescoping antennas I should consider?

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