Austin Antenna Experience

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Austin Antenna Experience

Postby Unit_91 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:18 pm

Good Day All....

Has anyone had experience with the "commercial" versions of Austin antennas? They seem to have quite the offering, and also sell duplexers/triplexers/quadplexers with "too good to be true" pricing.

I am most curious about the 500C3 model antennas as a triband for an 8500 but information is limited. I know the company is still in business since scanner buffs buy the "Spectra" antenna left and right, but I have only met one agency running the mobile commerical antennas and they love them (they are using 500C dual band for VHF/UHF in the public safety world).

Of course, the concerning thing, other than pricing is I can only find information about the commercial products on one website, rfwiz.com

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Austin Antenna Experience

Postby Project25 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:03 pm

I had a 500c for a few months. VHF it was fine but it's not a trapped 1/4 wave on UHF but instead an end-fed half wave design (as I was told when I called the company owner to inquire) so it only had 10 MHz of usable bandwidth.

My honest opinion, the Panorama Sharkee with the tri-band antenna is poised to make one of the better pairings with the 8500 since the housing contains GPS, Wi-Fi, and LTE. I'm beginning to see GPS requirements on the system which comes from the municipality that owns the core. The triband whip, covers 145-174/430-480/764-896 with an SWR of 2.0:1 or less (I've actually tested the one on my POV).

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Re: Austin Antenna Experience

Postby Unit_91 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:31 pm

Project25 wrote:I had a 500c for a few months. VHF it was fine but it's not a trapped 1/4 wave on UHF but instead an end-fed half wave design (as I was told when I called the company owner to inquire) so it only had 10 MHz of usable bandwidth.

My honest opinion, the Panorama Sharkee with the tri-band antenna is poised to make one of the better pairings with the 8500 since the housing contains GPS, Wi-Fi, and LTE. I'm beginning to see GPS requirements on the system which comes from the municipality that owns the core. The triband whip, covers 145-174/430-480/764-896 with an SWR of 2.0:1 or less (I've actually tested the one on my POV).


Worked with a couple agencies that rave about the Sharkee so it's tempting.

Can you answer two questions on it:

1. Does it mount ok on a slightly curved surface (for example the rear of a sedan roof, 6" off the top of the rear window)? Some multiband MIMO WiFi/LTE antennas (such as Taoglas) seem to have too thin of a gasket to adapt to the curvature of a roof.

2. Have you used it with a PCS BDA such as WeBoost or Surecall? Looking at one application that has BDA for mobile data with your typical carrier USB modem (not my decision)

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Re: Austin Antenna Experience

Postby Project25 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:08 pm

It's got a 1/8th inch piece of 3M tape as the seal which covers the entire base of the antenna. It is still secured via a 3/4 inch hole though. The tape makes it adapt to curves better.

Never have tried one with a BAD but had I continued to work in the oil patch I would've added one to mine. Should work without issue.

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