Cops always find something to complain about. I know first hand. Nothing is perfect. Maybe it's the cars fault the antenna gets stuck in the seatbelt and door. Maybe the car manufacturer should redesign the car just for them. Maybe they need a new solution for a radio carrier. I could go on and on.
I drive a new PI sedan. I am left handed and my gun holster hits the B pillar every time I get out of the car and the damn seatbelt snags my holster. Maybe I should make ford redesign. Jeez.
I agree with the cops. I don't know WTF Motorola was thinking when they designed the APX antenna, but it's a complete FAIL. I don't even use mine anymore. I've opted instead, to just use a monoband 7" 800 MHz whip, and give up GPS/UHF1.
The thing is way too long, way too thick, completely inflexible (I'm not joking -- it's like a metal rod) and it performs worse on 800 MHz than the 7" 1/2 wave.
Motorola should've included GPS and Bluetooth in the APX for no additional cost (they did just that in the XPR7550!) and both BT/GPS antennas should've been built-in to the radio itself.
For those who haven't seen the brutal APX antenna before, here's a pic. Spectra button for size reference.
I will admit it's a baton turned into an antenna. I haven't snagged mine on anything yet, but I've only been using the APX 7000 handheld for a short time, and I work in a plain clothes division in my department. I can say it is hard to hide it under an outer garment.
I use one of my APXs for ham and I have one for law enforcement, I work plains clothes and the antenna is a problem, when I first started using APXs for both work and play, I looked every where trying to find a stubby antenna, but none available, except for 800, in law enforcment we use 800 and VHF, so this stubby would not work, the way the radio carrier is made and the size of the antenna, it is always in the way, a smaller antenna would be a great addition to the APX family.....
This has been one of my biggest complaints with the APX portables for years now; the rigidity is the worst part, having the antenna digging into your ribs the whole time. I wouldn't mind the length if they were more flexible, but then I guess certain people could tie them in a knot, maybe that's why mother made them stiff?
So what makes these antennae so bulky, are the two bands stacked vertically or is it the GPS component that adds so much length/rigidity?
Years ago I snapped my astro saber in half getting out of a Vic to chase after some kids. I didnt like keeping the strap snapped over the radio and when I go out if the squad I caught the antenna right at its base on the bottom of the steering wheel and the radio snapped in half breaking the radio battery base plate.
I bought one (V/800) for my VHF 2500 and if it wasn't so rigid it would be OK. I was expecting it to be about as flexible as my wideband VHF whip when I ordered it, but it isn't. I have noticed the reception to be about the same between the 2.
Bit the bullet and hacked one up. I ordered the wrong one - this is UHF and 800. The two elements are bonded together at the base. Maybe they should make one like the regular whip with the other band just wrapped around - similar to how some vehicle FM antennas work. Would sure be easier.
Y'all do realize that the antenna was the most complex part of the APX design process, right? You can't make an antenna radiate well on 2 bands, receive well on 3, and do so with performance above that of a dummy load, and expect it to be compact. Life's full of tradeoffs... this is one. If you want a flexible antenna, get a single-band antenna - or one of the new single-band+GPS versions. If you want dual band coverage, deal with the dildo.
Hammie manufacturers make a whole lot of different dual/tri band antennas that work "good enough" - too bad Motorola didn't change sexes of the SMA connector - there'd be a LOT of good options then. (not top mention some great alternatives for mono-band hammie rigs)