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Fake Nagoya HT Antenna NA-773

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Antennas' started by Mudfoot, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    I've had this little dual band telescopic antenna for 5 years, or so. I've always been impressed with how well it worked. Recently, I read where the antennas with blue lettering (like mine) are fake. I'm like, well it's a good fake then.

    The more I thought about it, my OCD kicked in. I looked on Amazon and found an "authentic" one from Baofeng Tech. The listing was preferred and the price was around $17 shipped. The lettering on this new one is silver. OK, this has to be the real McCoy.



    Got the antenna today. It looks nice, feels solidly built. Put it on my Yaesu FT-25 and kerplunked a tower...nothing. Put my old one back on and worked like a charm. So, got my meter and adapter up'd both antennas. My old one = 1:6:1 and my new one went to infinity.

    Wrote them and described my findings. I told them that the new "authentic" one is either defective or a fake. They are sending a replacement. Can't wait to see what happens.

    Just a side note...best check those aftermarket antennas just in case.
     

  2. Riverman71

    Riverman71 Sr. Member

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    I wouldn't sleep a wink if that happened to me.
    o_O (n) :confused: :cautious:
     
  3. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I only use Smiley antennas on my HT. I gave up on Nagoya.
    http://www.smileyantenna.com/
     
  4. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    You might have a fake.:D
     
  5. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Oh I know I have at least one fake Nagoya.
     
  6. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Sr. Member

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    Funniest part of this is that the Nagoyas are a ripoff of the Diamond antennas.
     
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  7. Rwb

    Rwb Active Member

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    Haha genuine nagoya antennas are packed in yellow backed clear package,fake are in green with clear cover.my fake nagoya works great on my bf5.i listen to some factorys i unload at .they are 14 miles frim my house.with factory rubber duck i couldnt hear anything.
    Im thinkin so what it works lots better than the rubber duck
     

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