VHF XTS experiences?

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Technoweenie

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Looking for a decent antenna, and I'm debating between the [FONT=&quot]EXH155SF and the Smiley slim duck.


I tried a base load 1/4 wave that was around 15" tall, and while the signal was amazing, it's not very practical (You thought the wideband armpit antenna was bad?![/FONT]
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I vaguely recall a thread that someone took a bunch of VHF antennas and put them on an analyzer to check bandwidth and was able to measure field strength, but I can't seem to find it.

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I honestly had good luck wiht the old Visar antennas. They were not wideband but worked for me in the 151-165 range.. Also the Mototrbo wideband without the GPS worked very well
 

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I have a Motorola RAN4041A on my XTS5K VHF and it SUCKS indoors. Would not reccomend unless you live on top of a tower.
 

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I have and good results with the Motorola P/N 8505644V01 (136-151 MHz) antenna on my XTS5000 for use in the amateur two meter band that seems to
do well for monitoring channels in the adjacent PSB.

However, the Motorola KT000026A01 V/U/7-8 GPS antenna made for the APX8000 works surprisingly well and is at least comparable down in the amateur band but outperforms the P/N 8505644V01 in the upper PSB. Using the RSSI function on the APX I can obtain a consistent RSSI of 85 with the APX antenna and only an RSSI of 72
on the low split model.

I guess it really depends upon where you need it to perform and what the alternatives are. The APX antenna is quite pricey compared to the other commonly sold for the
XTS5000 series radios and these are just my not-so scientific observations.

Bill
 

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Using the RSSI function on the APX I can obtain a consistent RSSI of 85 with the APX antenna and only an RSSI of 72
on the low split model.

Do you mean -85dBm and -72dBm? In that case wouldn't -72dBm be stronger, meaning the 8505644V01 is superior?
 

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The APX doesn't show signal strength in db. It is an RSSI value, the higher the number, the "stronger" the signal.
 

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I use a 8505644V02 (tuned 150-162mhz) on my APX, and a 8505518V01 (everyone's favorite 7.5" wideband) on my Astro Saber. My good friend uses the wideband on his 5K and likes it a lot. I personally think both antennas work brilliant, I use the tuned on the APX for PS stuff cause it all falls in range and isn't as massive. I get great coverage with both antennas, even indoors.
 
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