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I used the Comet GP-9 for many Years
Yes it is a 2 meter and 70 cm vertical ham antenna..
It had No Problem though ( swr's were more then ok )
and i spoke with it Really well..
is a High Gain Vertical...Not too big at all..
and Holds together Quite well..
Only after some...
I used to Love the Winter..
Now you can KEEP it...lol..
Winter is for Kids i Suppose..
Between the Freezing Cold..the Snow and Ice..
I Too would Rather be able to simplyWalk to the Beach..lol
A couple things You should Know..
replacing 8 Ohm speaker with a 4 Ohm
It is the Speaker ( not the amp ) that decides what Power to Pull and thus Feed the Speaker..
So using a 4 Ohm in place of an 8 Ohm can cause several issues with an amp Designed for 8 Ohm's
given these radios you are using...
Works really well..
Even on DSL..
Used it for business about 7 or more years already..
at a retail store no less
( it does mention iif you use it a lot...you may incur additional charges...But Never happened in a Big Retail Store....so...has been Perfect as far as i have seen )
You indeed got yourself Excellent Radios..
the AR-3500 Always Worked Extremely well for me..
Heck...until i got the 706 MKIIG
it had been my Best Radio that i used Specifically for SSB..
Now with my 706 MKIIG and IC-7000 radios
there is No longer a need for me to g back to the AR-3500
I am Sure it will be a Decent HT Indeed..
As mentioned though..For What you're going to pay for the Icom but can get two Baofeng UV-5R's or one Wouxun.
If you want...Even buy a Used Icom T90
Even though i have Many HT's..
my T90 has so great signal and audio reports..
I am usually...
for basic radio..
No High Power..
I would say RG-213 or LRM400 will do well..
I went with better...But then i also needed 165 ft.
( other reasons as well...Just keep it simple though is Best )
Given only 50 feet and no major power..
The 58 should be Ok..
I prefer the better Stuff...
Have Both ability to handle power better if i wanted to in futrure.
Plus...even though one may be cutting hairs given 50 feet..
I would think..the lower loss...
I Hear what you are saying...
In ways i Fully agree..
In ways i Dis-Agree..
One does often pay for the Name...
Those Names are Often Excellent antennas though..
Can those name brand antennas be out classed by same or better performing no name brands...
I think the...
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