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Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:28 am
by 256QAM
Personally I've been using a mix of Maxrad MWV1365S and PCTel PCTWSLMR NMO...

I just took delivery of a Browning BR-159 on a whim, needed a cheap ($24 on Amazon) no ground plane antenna for a go kit. Surprising broadbanded, out of the box it was flat from 144 to almost 160, started climbing up at 168... Not sure if I'll end up using it or not, was just surprised how well built it was for one of the cheapo brands.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:46 am
by Falcon
I'm a PCTEL/MAXRAD guy all day long. I mostly use a 1/4 wave and have a 5/8 that I carry around but want to try out a 1/2 wave for the fun of it.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:09 am
by 256QAM
I picked up the NGP 1/2 wave to avoid having to run radials on an NMO base conversion (hate losing the set screws in travel). We'll see how it performs when I get in to the backcountry.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:29 pm
by JFR
I swept the PCTel BMWV1365 wideband no-tune and it was indeed less <2 VSWR from 136 to 174. Impressive.

-JR

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:03 pm
by Notarola
For some reason my dummy load is flat right across the band but it does not radiate very well.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:42 am
by Project25
Panorama's tri-band whip. With the NMO adapter, list price is about $75. The antenna is spec'd for 146-174/430-480/764-896 MHz. Other than that, I like the Motorola/AS heavy duty 1/4 wave whip with spring (non-/\/\ PN: MWV1365S). Of course, Motorola runs the AS base on their version usually.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:38 pm
by NavyBOFH
Project25 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:42 am
Panorama's tri-band whip. With the NMO adapter, list price is about $75. The antenna is spec'd for 146-174/430-480/764-896 MHz. Other than that, I like the Motorola/AS heavy duty 1/4 wave whip with spring (non-/\/\ PN: MWV1365S). Of course, Motorola runs the AS base on their version usually.
I knew Panorama had a "covert" tri-band but didn't know the specs were that good... only one I found does 150-160, 450-512, and 7/800.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:19 pm
by Dubs
Project25 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:42 am
Panorama's tri-band whip. With the NMO adapter, list price is about $75. The antenna is spec'd for 146-174/430-480/764-896 MHz. Other than that, I like the Motorola/AS heavy duty 1/4 wave whip with spring (non-/\/\ PN: MWV1365S). Of course, Motorola runs the AS base on their version usually.
Thanks for the heads up on this one. I picked up a couple ASFC-155-U2-821 tri-bands and the nmo adapters SAB-196. I'm quite impressed with the (subjective) performance of these little bad boys. I ran one into a Motorola multiplexer feeding each radio, and another into a scanner. They really cleaned up the antenna farm on top of the SUV. I have a couple laird wpd136m6c-001 stowed just in case but if they are close to as good on TX as they are on RX I don't think they'll be needed.

Re: Favorite VHF Wideband antenna?

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:48 am
by Project25
Dubs wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:19 pm
Project25 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:42 am
Panorama's tri-band whip. With the NMO adapter, list price is about $75. The antenna is spec'd for 146-174/430-480/764-896 MHz. Other than that, I like the Motorola/AS heavy duty 1/4 wave whip with spring (non-/\/\ PN: MWV1365S). Of course, Motorola runs the AS base on their version usually.
Thanks for the heads up on this one. I picked up a couple ASFC-155-U2-821 tri-bands and the nmo adapters SAB-196. I'm quite impressed with the (subjective) performance of these little bad boys. I ran one into a Motorola multiplexer feeding each radio, and another into a scanner. They really cleaned up the antenna farm on top of the SUV. I have a couple laird wpd136m6c-001 stowed just in case but if they are close to as good on TX as they are on RX I don't think they'll be needed.
I had a friend at a competing MR order one of the triplexers for me (my employer, who is a MR tacks 15% on top of personal stuff unlike my friend who gives it to me for cost). I've had it for about 4 months now but since I'm still budgeting a console for my pickup, I haven't taken it out of the box yet to install my XTL stack.