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No more decent scanner antennas.

Discussion in 'Scanning & Shortwave Listening' started by Mudfoot, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    Just no good ones being made anymore. The old Antenna Specialist, PAR, Rat Shack.....all there is is crappy discones.



    Yes, I can make my own, but still, used to be some good stuff on the market.
     

  2. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    With all the internet scanner sites and the apps out there nobody is buying scanners anymore so why make antennas.
     
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  3. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    Maybe
     
  4. Road Squawker

    Road Squawker Sr. Member

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    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Hmmmmm........I have heard of dBi and dBd when talking gain figures for an antenna but what is dBmp?? They claim 8 dBmp gain for that broken spider leg antenna.
     
  6. Mudfoot

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  7. Road Squawker

    Road Squawker Sr. Member

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    dbmp is a made up measurement to that (only) this manuf uses to hype its antennas.

    It is somehow related to multipath and changing polarization of the signal.

    http://mpantenna.com/history.html


    Sounds like BS to me.
     
  8. 357magnum

    357magnum Well-Known Member

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    W9 , is right to easy to download and app nowadays , I have 3 scanner antennas , I'm not impressed w/ that high $ discone I purchased years back . My favorite is the one I have that almost looks like a smaller version of a 1/4 wave 11m ground plane , it's always received well . I'm not sure of the manufacture . 73 and God Bless , Leo
     
  9. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    I rarely listen to public service agencies, so apps won't help me.
     
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  10. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I bought one of these. I have not installed it yet. A friend told me how good his works at only 30 feet AGL. he bought his for the six meter application. I also have the six meter beam I have not installed I have the rotator and the mast, but I need help to get it in the air.
    http://www.dnjradio.com//product_info.php?cPath=27_67&products_id=244
     
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  11. 5 X 5

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    It's possible that is the exact scanner antenna I have been using for 8 or 9 years. Mounted on corner of 2nd story roof, works great, never had a problem. Mine might even be a little more flimsy but has held up well. When I move I was considering upgrading but I will probably just keep it until I have a problem. I have the paid version apps for Broadcastify and Scanner Radio Pro but lots of local frequencies will never be hosted so the lowly discone still gets used.
     
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  12. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    The antenna I listed I bought because it also will transmit on quite a few bands, and Specific Transmit Freq. 26,27,46,49,72,144,220,440,900,1290MHz.
    That's 5 more bands than my long wire.
     
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  13. 5 X 5

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    I once tested mine on 2 meters, a local net maybe 8 miles away, so I don't doubt it will work.
     
  14. 357magnum

    357magnum Well-Known Member

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    That's the discone that I have , I think I paid about $80 years back in might have been the best one RS had @ the time . It's up about 30' , it works but in all honesty I never noticed a difference between it and the one I have that looks like the smaller version of 1/4 wave GP except it has 2 center pole one just a little shorter than the other .jmo
     

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