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    Has anyone done any trials or had any real world comparison of the Motorola 800 stubby, end fed half wave, and the dipole to see how they fare against each other?


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    The eight inch NAF5039A dipole outperforms the other two (unless you want 700 MHz or 900 MHz coverage). Hard to beat 'the longer the better' when it comes to satisfaction ...

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    The little 800 MHz stubby is a POS.

    The 7" 1/2 wave kicks butt.

    The 700/800 dual-band 1/2 wave is also very nice. Maybe 1 RSSI point worse on 800 MHz. Not a big deal.

    The APX UHF1/7-800/GPS duck sucks. Just ask XPR8400. Supposedly there's a replacement coming out soon. (Maybe already out?)

    In short, Astro Spectra is correct. A big long shaft gets the job done. Better. Stubbys are nice (don't have to tape them to your leg when running) but they just don't have the penetration of the longer black ones.

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    The "Eye Burner" stubby is so crappy they actually tout it as an "800/900" wideband antenna! Marketing Genius, I tells ya!

    FWIW the APX stubby 700/800 PSM Public Safety antenna is actually VERY good. I use one on an XTS2500 (as a normal antenna) and it's performance is very nearly that of the 700/800 1/2 wave. It's nice and short, about 4" or nearly the same as a UHF stubby.

    So, in order of crappy->good, for 700/800 you have 5) Eye burner stubby 4) Elevated 800 Dipole 3) 800 Halfwave (red) 2) APX 700/800 PSM 1) 700/800 Halfwave (green). For just 800, reverse 1 and 4.
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    Friend of mine just picked up a moto APX 7/800 antenna for his EFJ 5100. His radio was sitting next to 2 other 5100s; one with a long moto 800 mhz antenna, the other with a moto 7/800 antenna. Much better signal, probably as good as the dipole, but it's not quite as long and it's more flexible. I think it's part # naf5085.5085.
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    Well the system is 800 exclusively. I don't believe the system has a single 700 frequency statewide. I ordered a dipole. Just to try it. I have used the stubby 800 and have gotten 12 points on the RSSI meter less on average than the red 800 half wave.

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    I have both the 700/800 1/2 wave antenna and the 700/800 stubby. The 1/2 wave outperforms the stubby, but in dense metro areas the stubby receives very well and is great for compact carry.
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