Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use
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Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 16 Mar 2011 01:22 #5300

  • Jay911
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So, I've determined that I have a bad stock antenna on my HP1. (I have a second HP1 and can swap the known good antenna from it and it works fine - and the antenna from the first HP1 renders the second HP1 deaf.) No thanks to Uniden support, who, when I sent the scanner in (including the antenna) thinking the scanner was damaged, got it back with a note "Works to factory spec - Attenuator was turned on". (No, it's not.)

Anyway, it's evident I need an aftermarket antenna for the one HP1 that doesn't have a functioning stock antenna any more. I'm wondering if I shouldn't get two, in case/when the second HP1's stock antenna inevitably dies too.

Anyone got any suggestions for the best all-round performer? I am looking to receive signals all the way from 108 to 869 MHz - I have VHF, UHF, and 700/800 signals in my area that I want to hear.

Best case it would be something I can buy online from a place like Scanner Master or HRO, since up here in Canada it's nigh-impossible to get scanners from local retailers, let alone parts.

Thanks in advance!

Re:Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 16 Mar 2011 12:27 #5306

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I bought a Diamond SRH-789 when I got my HomePatrol, from HRO. I just got it on Monday, so I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. It has an SMA connector and a hinge.

-- Tom
Last Edit: 17 Mar 2011 13:34 by . Reason: RH-789 is BNC, SRH-789 is SMA

Re: Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 12 Jul 2012 18:37 #9822

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Diamond RH77CA works great.Indoor BNC connected with adaptor
Last Edit: 12 Jul 2012 18:50 by Elton.

Re: Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 13 Jul 2012 00:42 #9825

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i have both the Diamond SRH77CA and the Comet SMA24. The SMA24 is the better of the two in the 2M/70CM frequency ranges. I connect the antenna to the HP1 with a SMA right angle adapter from RS.

Re: Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 25 Jul 2012 23:52 #9877

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For a home installation use a discone antenna

The diamond D130J works well.

Also available with "N" connector - on antenna.

i shop at a local ham radio store - Amateur Electronic Supply

www.aesham.com/

around $130 , plus you need some coax.

I use standard 50 ohm coax into the shack, and this adapter cable to the HP-1
Diamond C104SMA - 4' RG58extension, male SMA to SO239

Re: Optimal antenna for portable/in-home use 28 Jul 2012 20:46 #9896

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I use this $24.00 antenna hung from a wooden curtain rod in my radio shack:

www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Band-VHF-UHF-HAM-MURS-GMRS-Commericial-Portable-Emergency-Antenna-/110920104647?pt=US_Radio_Comm_Antennas&hash=item19d35a7ac7

No, it's not optimized for the HP-1's complete frequency range, but it appears to work better than the stock duck.

--Rick
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