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    Default "Second Tier" UHF Portable Antenna Suggestions

    Looking for suggestions for second tier (aftermarket) antennas to be used on older UHF cache radios for community events such as street fairs, fundraising walks/runs, etc. Need the standard Motorola SMA female version.

    I'm wary of the "10 for $15" units available on the auction sites but don't want to spend $20 per antenna either to stick on a MTS2000 that might not find its way home. I'd also like to have the antennas available as spares for my XTS radios.

    Any suggestions? Anyone use the cheap ones successfully in this type of environment? These are on commercial, non-ham, frequencies.

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    PMAE4022B is a TRBO UHF 403-470 antenna that works great on the XTS/MTS/whatever series radios. They're $8.60 each from Wiscomm and you can probably get them cheaper elsewhere.

    That's my go-to recommendation for a cheap UHF antenna for new club members when they buy XTSs or XPRs.

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    I like the PMAE4024 if staying below 470, its just nicer to think about than the PMAE4022, gives more gratification and satisfaction.

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    No joke, I recommend the Nagoya NA-701. Better performance than the Motorola antenna.Price is reasonable.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283536746828

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    I’ve always liked the NAE6549 UHF whip. Standard UHF antenna from the MTS2000 to the XTS5000. I even use it on my DMR XPR radios. More flexible than the Trbo antennas. I see them for $10 on E-Bay. GARY

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4KVE View Post
    I see them for $10 on E-Bay. GARY
    Yeah, but only problem is, those are Chinese clones for $10. Garbage.

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    One point to consider is you actually want the antenna to break before the radio. So if its not reinforced like an XTS or APX, then putting a stiff PMAE4065 on something like an MTS2000 or XPR6550 is actually a really bad idea, the SMA jack/PCB will get damaged before the antenna will.

    Whereas the TRBO antennas with a small PCB and glue used in the connector/base construction (PMAE4022, PMAE4024) almost always snap before the radio gets damaged.

    Any flexible antenna is also fine for the same reason, but don't put a stiff antenna with all-metal connector design that's stronger than what its being threaded into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mars View Post
    No joke, I recommend the Nagoya NA-701. Better performance than the Motorola antenna.Price is reasonable.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283536746828
    A complete analogue of Diamond SRH701, but the cost is two times lower

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    There are a lot of Diamond and Nagoya knockoffs out there which perform very poorly.

    Stick to reputable vendors.