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2M Mobile Antenna

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Tom B, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Tom B

    Tom B Millennium Member

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    I have been using a Cushcraft 5/8w magmount mounted on top of the PU since the 80s but it's a little "long in the tooth" now. Today I ordered a Diamond M285 5/8w MM to replace it with from AES. I do 100% 2M simplex operation using an Icom V8000 at 75W. The antenna is very important to me.What does everyone use?
     
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    I've always liked Diamonds stuff. I use them for my hand held and mobile.
     

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    Griz Arizona member Millennium Member

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    Mostly Diamonds and Comets.

    Comet works real close with the motorcyclists ( MARC ) in southern CA
    They have tested many ants. and have a few favorites for motorcycles.
     
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    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    I have always used a simple 19-inch quarter wave. I usually make them myself. Why? They are very inconspicuous, and the broad-as-a-barn pattern seems to work well with the repeaters and be little affected by city congestion.

    Not only that, but the 2-meter quarter wave works as a 3/4 wave on 70 cm, so I have a dual band antenna for the price of a single, simple whip.
     
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    BackDraft Kahr Club 69

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    I use the 285 Diamond with a V8000 also in a semi truck. Have had no problems with it and it takes the abuse alot better than my last set up.
     
  6. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    This is what I use.

    http://www.austinantenna.net/multiband.htm

    The Metropolitan is a Tri-band VHF mobile adaptation of the Suburban antenna that covers 144, 220 and 440 MHz with great performance on all three bands. The antenna operates as a quarter wave radiator on each band and as such, requires a ground plane for proper operation. No tuning is required, as the antenna simply screws onto a low profile (Motorola/NMO style) mount. Only 19 inches tall, the Metropolitan can be used with the Austin Triplexer for simultaneous three band operation with separate radios!

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