Very satisfied SAR user By Una Smith
I often use both public safety *and* amateur VHF and UHF frequencies on the same search and rescue mission. Before getting this antenna over a year ago I had two antennas, one cut for amateur and one for public safety, that I would change out as needed. Now I am a very satisfied owner of this antenna.
SWR of this antenna on the frequencies I use most often is not as good as 2+ wire whip antennas cut to length, but this is one antenna. Real world performance has been more than satisfactory.
The folding base needs illustration. At first I was sure my antenna didn't have that feature, and so were my SAR teammates until I folded their antennas for them.
I am buying another of these antennas now because my first snapped in half in a carwash (someone forgot to fold it down).
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ANTGAIN Antenna Review By Paul Hawthorn
First I would like to respectfully comment on Michael from Omaha’s evaluation of this antenna.
At the end of his statement, Michael was using 5W HT's over 60-80 miles. The second time they were using a full power 750 over 15 miles in mobile-to-mobile communications. Obviously mobile-to-mobile may be better or worse than base to mobile and vice/verse on different occasions depending on the mobile unit’s location. Notwithstanding, using the 2m antenna in VHF/UHF band areas may certainly be better if the test was closer to say the 2M band. It is my understanding that an antenna made for a specific frequency may out perform a dual or wide band antenna.
Although it is a known fact that it’s all about the antenna, there is a big difference in wattage and distance in the examples given. Notwithstanding, no mention is made of the environmental conditions during the separate testing times, which of course could also make a difference in transmission performance. Consequently, I wouldn’t shortchange this antenna.
All the above wrote, Michael may know a lot more about communication theory than me and I respect his evaluation, so when I get a couple extra bucks for R&D I think I will purchase the smaller antenna and test it myself.
A friend and I bought the ANTGAIN antenna/magnetic base and we are very pleased with it. All of our testing has been mobile to base (with this same type antenna being used on the base end in one case, both transceivers HTs) and the other times between mobile HT units using the ANTGAIN in mobile and a DB 750X Base configuration. The base antenna utilized with the DB 750X was the Comet GP-9 NC Dual Band base antenna. We have been able to communicate over distances in excess of 20 miles utilizing UHF under the base to mobile situations. Of course there is a lot to be said about the Comet antenna being used in our application.
So my evaluation on this antenna based on what my friend and I have found is five stars.
PJ from PA
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