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Posted: 6/11/2007 7:47:20 PM EDT
Anybody own one?

Is it worth it to upgrade the antenna from the rubber ducky
to one of those skinny, longer Comets?

Link Posted: 6/12/2007 8:00:38 AM EDT
[#1]
How about any handheld?

Is it worth it to upgrade the antenna???

Link Posted: 6/12/2007 8:19:50 AM EDT
[#2]

Quoted:
How about any handheld?

Is it worth it to upgrade the antenna???



I do not own a VX-7R but plan to buy one in the near future.  When I do I will definately upgrade the antenna.  I have a VX-170 right now with a Diamond SRH77CA antenna and it made a world of difference especially on the TX side.  In my opinion, the antenna makes the radio.
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 8:32:16 AM EDT
[#3]
I have the VX6R and the standard antenna works fine for most uses.  I also have one of the longer Diamond antennas (don't remember the model but its about 17" long).  I only use that if I'm in a rental or loaner car.  I use a window edge mount and cable to get it outside the cabin.  With this configuration, the ranges are signifcanly improved.  
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 9:24:00 AM EDT
[#4]

Quoted:
How about any handheld?

Is it worth it to upgrade the antenna???



I have a vx6r.  The standard antenna on that is pretty good.  I've read in several places that it is above average for the standard ht antenna

I also have an sma24 antenna review, but I wouldn't say that it is way better.  It does give me some gain relative to the standard though.
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 9:46:31 AM EDT
[#5]
I bought a Diamond SRH320A for my FT-60R.  It works noticeably better than the stock antenna.  Tried it on a friend's VX-6 with the same result.  By noticeably better I mean local 2M repeaters went from a signal strength of 2 bars to 5 bars.
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 10:00:36 AM EDT
[#6]

Quoted:
I bought a Diamond SRH320A for my FT-60R.  It works noticeably better than the stock antenna.  Tried it on a friend's VX-6 with the same result.  By noticeably better I mean local 2M repeaters went from a signal strength of 2 bars to 5 bars.


Wow.  I haven't really used my HT much locally except for my cross-band repeat with my truck, but with the stock antenna, I can hear Bluemont pretty well.  Granted, Bluemont is huge and well situated, but its also about 60 miles from me.

My experience with the better antenna was really on a trip I took to CA.  I had the Diamond antenna mounted outside the window of my rantal car.  I was talking to the Catalina Island repeater from Riverside.  That's a hell of a feat for an HT.
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 2:03:31 PM EDT
[#7]

Quoted:
VX7R -- Anybody own one?


IMHO, 6M FM on an HT is not especially useful.  get a VX6R instead.

ar-jedi

Link Posted: 6/12/2007 3:18:38 PM EDT
[#8]
If you travel for business as much as I do, I would recommend the VX-7R.  Different towns have different repeaters and the owners of those repeaters will determine the frequency band they want to operate on.  I regularly visit a town for work were the 6m FM repeater is the only repeater I can hit.  Another town where 1.25m is favored frequency band.  

Thus, figure out the frequency bands you will need where you live and where you visit, adjust according.
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 3:57:55 PM EDT
[#9]
6m portable capability is seriously impaired by the antenna on a portable radio. I would save the money and get the 2m/440 radio instead and spend the extra cash on another battery or something,

That being said I would be interested on testing a low power 6m portable radio with a longwire dipole. Perhaps it could be useful. If the radio could do SSB 6m it would perform even better.

Experiments for another day.....


-LTC-
Link Posted: 6/12/2007 4:11:33 PM EDT
[#10]
As for antennas, I recommend for your first aftermarket HT antenna, get one of the +/- 17" thin flexible type. Everyone makes them, but some are more flexible than others. I like the Opek (a knockoff of Comet) -- got it for $15 at a hamfest. Truly amazing increase in performance. My others (for comparison) are the stock duckies (for VX-6 and VX-2), Maldol MH-209SMA (teeny tiny) and a more middle of the road Comet SMA-503 (8.5").

Theory being you can leave a shorter (and more rugged) model on the rig and just store the long whip in your EDC bag (it bends over pretty well). Just stick the 2 ends down in a large pocket and you don't even know you've got it with you.

The 17" whip is my all-star of HT antennas (not counting external coax-fed ones, obviously).
Link Posted: 6/14/2007 7:34:23 PM EDT
[#11]
I have a Diamond SRH320A on mine. It's very flexible and does perform better that the stock antenna.
Link Posted: 6/14/2007 8:06:04 PM EDT
[#12]
This Comet SMA-24 is the one I'm looking at.
About $25 from any of the online/catalog guys.

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