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Scanner Antenna?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Robotron Tom, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. Robotron Tom

    Robotron Tom Guest

    Hey Guys,

    I bought a new scanner: Radio Shack PRO-95

    I would like to know a good antenna set up for this scanner. I currently
    have a 10' BNC cable going over to a extendable antenna with a load.

    I saw a couple of set-ups at the Shack but didn't buy. I get pretty good
    reception now, but would like to extend my range a bit more.

    Thanks,
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    Robotron Tom *remove nospam to email*
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  2. Sofie

    Sofie Guest

    Robotron Tom:
    Go back to Radio Shack.... they have several scanner antennas for you to
    chose from.
    Of course, the ones that offer the best reception range usually cost more
    and are bigger...... and as always, the best indoor antenna is NOT as good
    as the cheapest outdoor antenna mounted rooftop high or higher and in the
    clear.
     
  3. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    I read up on this recently, seems the radio shack outdoor antennas aren't
    very good. There seemed to be a number of recommendations for an outdoor
    discone antenna but I forget what brand it was, cost about $90 though.
     
  4. For good UHF reception of any kind, you need:

    (1) Height.

    (2) Low-loss cable.

    If you are well outside the town you're interested in, a directional antenna
    aimed in its direction might be helpful. Otherwise you want an
    omnidirectional antenna, such as a discone or a simple vertical dipole.
     
  5. Stan

    Stan Guest

    }Hey Guys,
    }
    }I bought a new scanner: Radio Shack PRO-95
    }
    }I would like to know a good antenna set up for this scanner.

    Try rec.radio.scanner, alt.radio.scanner, rec.radio.amateur.antenna,
    maybe rec.ham-radio.

    Google archives of above, read posts.

    Stan.
     
  6. Eric Snyder

    Eric Snyder Guest

    In my opinion, the best omni-directional scanner antenna is the
    Discone. These wide band unity gain vertical antenna can be purchased
    new, or you can build them yourself inexpensively. The ARRL Antenna
    Handbook discusses the discone antenna in detail.

    The best directional antenna for scanner use is a standard VHF/UHF TV
    antenna. Don't laugh! Think about it! These antennas are log
    periodic antennas designed to cover from about 50Mhz all the way up to
    about 500Mhz. With the included 300 Ohm to 75 Ohm adapter, these
    antennas work great for scanner use and can be purchased new for as
    low as $29.95 at Radio Shack.

    One caveat, hand held scanners are prone to front end overload when
    external antenaas are used. An attenuator pad may be required to
    reduce or elliminate dront end overload.

    Eric N7DLV
     
  7. Robotron Tom

    Robotron Tom Guest

    Stan started a controversy when he said... :
    Thank you.

    Can't believe I am posting in a newsgroup and didn't even consider there
    being scanner groups. LOL

    --
    Robotron Tom *remove nospam to email*
    See the Flashback Arcade at: http:// www.arcadeguy.net

    Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral
    character.
    -M. Smith
     
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