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  • Richard Victor
    It looks to me like RG-62 is .242 diameter. The coax is more likely RG-174 which is .100 diameter. Twelve feet of RG-174 will lose about 3.5 dB at 800 MHz.
    Message 1 of 14 , Jun 6, 2010
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      It looks to me like RG-62 is .242" diameter. The coax is more likely
      RG-174 which is .100" diameter. Twelve feet of RG-174 will lose about
      3.5 dB at 800 MHz. If you add another 15 feet of RG-58 you'll lose
      about another 2.1 dB for a total of 5.6 dB. Not to mention the issues
      that might be presented by changing the length of the coax that feeds
      the antenna.

      With all due respect, by the time that one buys the antenna and the
      extension cable one has spent nearly as much as it would take to buy an
      antenna that's built properly in the first place.

      While I haven't tried that specific antenna, I do have a couple of the
      "rare earth magnet" antennas. They're handy when you need to get your
      scanner antenna outside of the vehicle to avoid the loss of signal
      caused by the body of the vehicle, but beyond that, I haven't been too
      impressed with them. The Larsen has been far better than the ones that
      I have.

      YMMV.

      Dick

      On 6/6/2010 12:54 PM, William Edwards wrote:
      > John,
      >
      > Here's one that you should try, if for no other reason than you'll be amazed
      > at what 15 bucks will do for you.
      >
      > Go to www.dcace.com In the little SEARCH box, type "tri band rare earth".
      > This will produce two search results for basically the same mag mount
      > antenna, the only difference being that one of the versions terminates in an
      > SMA connector (for direct connection to your XT) and the other terminates in
      > a BNC connector (which requires a BNC-SMA adapter to connect to your XT).
      >
      > The antenna wire itself is much thinner than what we are used to, and the
      > magnet itself is only about 1" in diameter, yet it holds to a trunk lid very
      > well (works well at 80 mph on I-294, for example). It is configured for 2
      > meters (150 MHz fire band), 70 cm (450 / 470 UHF bands), and 900 MHz (works
      > fine on 700 and 800, too).
      >
      > Here's the issue with this antenna: the cable attached to it is very thin
      > RG-62 (which is more like 20 gauge wire), much thinner than the RG-58 coax
      > cable that we are used to on antennas. The good news is that this thin wire
      > will bend easily to conform to the weather seal around a trunk lid or car
      > door. The bad news is that the wire is flimsy and only 12 feet long. Most
      > antenna mounts come with 17 feet or more. 12 feet is too short to make it
      > from the trunk to the front seat if you route the wire around the interior
      > body moldings. And the wire is too flimsy to leave exposed where it can get
      > torn up - this I know from experience.
      >
      > So, my suggestion would be this: If you want to use the antenna in a mobile
      > situation where the 12 foot cable will be sufficient, then get the SMA
      > version which will screw directly onto your scanner.
      >
      > If you are going to mount on the trunk lid and want to hide (protect) the
      > wire along the route from the trunk to the front seat, then get yourself a
      > 15' (or whatever you need - use a piece of string to measure the route)
      > RG-58 extension cable. Use the cable on the antenna just to get inside the
      > trunk - leaving plenty of slack so that the cable doesn't get destroyed the
      > first time you open the trunk!! Then run your sturdier extension from the
      > trunk to your scanner. You can get a custom-made extension cable with an
      > SMA male on one end and SMA female on the other end from Pacific Custom
      > Cable. Go to www.pacificcable.com/SMA-Cables.html . You can use their
      > custom cable tool on that page to configure the extension cable you want
      > (with SMA, BNC, mini-UHF, F, N, or TNC connectors!).
      >
      > I learned about this antenna from one of the CARMA founders, and its
      > performance was impressive - after you deal with the short / flimsy cable
      > issue.
      >
      > Bill E.
      >
      > On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM, squadguy2<jrossfd@...> wrote:
      >
      >> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
      >> for my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
      >> department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
      >> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@...<jrossfd%40comcast.net>
      >> John
      >>
      >
    • MCH
      I ve used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of the best performing antennas. I ve never tried the tri-band antenna, but it very
      Message 2 of 14 , Jun 6, 2010
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        I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
        the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
        it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.

        Joe M.

        Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
        > I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my BCD996T.
        >
        >
        > Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
        >
        >
        >
        > On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
        >
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        > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
        > Of Richard Victor
        > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
        > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
        > with a mag mount or for installation.
        >
        > It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
        > put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet, etc.
        >
        > On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
        >> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna for
        > my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
        > department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
        >> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
        >> John
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      • shelleysh1@att.net
        Joe, Yes, your Larson and the multi-band are, without question, the best performing out there. I ve also used/recommended both for well over 10+ years. The
        Message 3 of 14 , Jun 7, 2010
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          Joe,
          Yes, your Larson and the multi-band are, without question, the best performing out there. I've also used/recommended both for well over 10+ years. The multi-band, NMO lip mount, has been the one I've personally used mobile for the last eight or nine years. Have absolutely no complaints, haven't found a better one and certainly tried quite a few!

          Shelley


          --- In BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com, MCH <mch@...> wrote:
          >
          > I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
          > the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
          > it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
          >
          > Joe M.
          >
          > Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
          > > I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my BCD996T.
          > >
          > >
          > > Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
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          > > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
          > > Of Richard Victor
          > > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
          > > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
          > > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
          > >
          > > The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
          > > with a mag mount or for installation.
          > >
          > > It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
          > > put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet, etc.
          > >
          > > On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
          > >> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna for
          > > my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
          > > department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
          > >> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
          > >> John
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        • Cris Hanna
          I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It s expensive at 99.00 but I ve been very impressed.
          Message 4 of 14 , Jun 7, 2010
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            I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try

            ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
            I've been very impressed.

            http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm



            Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
            Spectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made any
            more. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz



            I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
            http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
            check the link for the gain chart.





            From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
            Of MCH
            Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
            To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt





            I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
            the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
            it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.

            Joe M.

            Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
            > I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
            BCD996T.
            >
            >
            > Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
            >
            >
            >
            > On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > _____________________________________
            > Blackberry PIN 216AB19A
            >
            > Blackberry, Treo, Windows Mobile, iPhone Repair
            > Motorola 2-Way Radio Service and Technical Consulting
            >
            > _____
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            > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
            [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
            Behalf
            > Of Richard Victor
            > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
            > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
            > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
            > with a mag mount or for installation.
            >
            > It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
            > put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
            etc.
            >
            > On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
            >> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
            for
            > my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
            > department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
            >> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
            <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
            >> John
            >>
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          • Richard Victor
            It appears that the Spectra is twice as long as the Larsen, so it could be worth a try if the OP can handle that much length. Could be a bit of a problem in
            Message 5 of 14 , Jun 7, 2010
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              It appears that the Spectra is twice as long as the Larsen, so it could
              be worth a try if the OP can handle that much length. Could be a bit of
              a problem in parking ramps, garages, etc.

              On 6/7/2010 11:25 AM, Cris Hanna wrote:
              > I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try
              >
              > ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
              > I've been very impressed.
              >
              > http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm
              >
              > Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
              > Spectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made any
              > more. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz
              >
              > I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
              > http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
              > check the link for the gain chart.
              >
              > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
              > Of MCH
              > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
              > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
              >
              > I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
              > the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
              > it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
              >
              > Joe M.
              >
              > Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
              >
              >> I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
              > BCD996T.
              >> Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
              >>
              >> On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
              >>
              >> _____________________________________
              >> Blackberry PIN 216AB19A
              >>
              >> Blackberry, Treo, Windows Mobile, iPhone Repair
              >> Motorola 2-Way Radio Service and Technical Consulting
              >>
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              >>
              >> From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
              >>
              > [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
              > Behalf
              >
              >> Of Richard Victor
              >> Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
              >> To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
              >> Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
              >>
              >> The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
              >> with a mag mount or for installation.
              >>
              >> It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
              >> put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
              >>
              > etc.
              >> On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
              >>
              >>> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
              >>>
              > for
              >
              >> my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
              >> department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
              >>
              >>> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@...<mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
              >>>
              > <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
              >
              >>> John
              >
            • SRehm24416@aol.com
              Is there a link for this Larsen antenna? ... From: Cris Hanna To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 11:25 am Subject:
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                Is there a link for this Larsen antenna?







                -----Original Message-----
                From: Cris Hanna <crishanna@...>
                To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 11:25 am
                Subject: RE: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt


                I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try
                ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
                've been very impressed.
                http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm

                Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
                pectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made any
                ore. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz

                I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
                ttp://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
                heck the link for the gain chart.


                From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
                f MCH
                ent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
                o: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                ubject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt


                I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
                he best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
                t very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
                Joe M.
                Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
                I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
                CD996T.


                Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..



                On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.







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                From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                ehalf
                Of Richard Victor
                Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
                To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt





                The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
                with a mag mount or for installation.

                It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
                put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
                tc.

                On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
                > I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
                or
                my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
                department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
                > Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                > John
                >
                >
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              • Cris Hanna
                I have the sprectra mounted about half way up on my SUV tail gate using a Comet NMO mount That s about the equivalent of a trunk mount. Would be troublesome
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                  I have the sprectra mounted about half way up on my SUV tail gate using a
                  Comet NMO mount That's about the equivalent of a trunk mount.

                  Would be troublesome for roof top







                  From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
                  Of Richard Victor
                  Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 1:18 PM
                  To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt





                  It appears that the Spectra is twice as long as the Larsen, so it could
                  be worth a try if the OP can handle that much length. Could be a bit of
                  a problem in parking ramps, garages, etc.

                  On 6/7/2010 11:25 AM, Cris Hanna wrote:
                  > I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try
                  >
                  > ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
                  > I've been very impressed.
                  >
                  > http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm
                  >
                  > Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
                  > Spectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made
                  any
                  > more. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz
                  >
                  > I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
                  > http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
                  > check the link for the gain chart.
                  >
                  > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                  Behalf
                  > Of MCH
                  > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
                  > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                  >
                  > I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
                  > the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
                  > it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
                  >
                  > Joe M.
                  >
                  > Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
                  >
                  >> I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
                  > BCD996T.
                  >> Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
                  >>
                  >> On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
                  >>
                  >> _____________________________________
                  >> Blackberry PIN 216AB19A
                  >>
                  >> Blackberry, Treo, Windows Mobile, iPhone Repair
                  >> Motorola 2-Way Radio Service and Technical Consulting
                  >>
                  >> _____
                  >>
                  >> From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  >>
                  > [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                  > Behalf
                  >
                  >> Of Richard Victor
                  >> Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
                  >> To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                  >> Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                  >>
                  >> The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
                  >> with a mag mount or for installation.
                  >>
                  >> It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
                  >> put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
                  >>
                  > etc.
                  >> On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
                  >>
                  >>> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
                  >>>
                  > for
                  >
                  >> my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
                  >> department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
                  >>
                  >>> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                  <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                  >>>
                  > <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                  >
                  >>> John
                  >





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                • Mark Levine, D.C.
                  I have my Spectra mounted on an NMO trunk mount on the front passenger s side of the hood/cowl on my SUV. Works well. The longest I could put on a roof mount
                  Message 8 of 14 , Jun 7, 2010
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                    I have my Spectra mounted on an NMO trunk mount on the front passenger's
                    side of the hood/cowl on my SUV. Works well.


                    The longest I could put on a roof mount would be a 19" whip and even at
                    that, I would want it spring loaded. I also like the Antennex 150/450/800
                    center loaded antenna, unfortunately - no spring.


                    ----- Original Message -----
                    From: "Cris Hanna" <crishanna@...>
                    To: <BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 4:37 PM
                    Subject: RE: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt


                    >I have the sprectra mounted about half way up on my SUV tail gate using a
                    > Comet NMO mount That's about the equivalent of a trunk mount.
                    >
                    > Would be troublesome for roof top
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
                    > Of Richard Victor
                    > Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 1:18 PM
                    > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                    > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > It appears that the Spectra is twice as long as the Larsen, so it could
                    > be worth a try if the OP can handle that much length. Could be a bit of
                    > a problem in parking ramps, garages, etc.
                    >
                    > On 6/7/2010 11:25 AM, Cris Hanna wrote:
                    >> I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try
                    >>
                    >> ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
                    >> I've been very impressed.
                    >>
                    >> http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm
                    >>
                    >> Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
                    >> Spectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made
                    > any
                    >> more. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz
                    >>
                    >> I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
                    >> http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
                    >> check the link for the gain chart.
                    >>
                    >> From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                    > Behalf
                    >> Of MCH
                    >> Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
                    >> To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    >> Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                    >>
                    >> I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
                    >> the best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
                    >> it very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
                    >>
                    >> Joe M.
                    >>
                    >> Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
                    >>
                    >>> I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
                    >> BCD996T.
                    >>> Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
                    >>>
                    >>> On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
                    >>>
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                    >>> From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    >>>
                    >> [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                    >> Behalf
                    >>
                    >>> Of Richard Victor
                    >>> Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
                    >>> To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > <mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                    >>> Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my
                    >>> 396xt
                    >>>
                    >>> The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
                    >>> with a mag mount or for installation.
                    >>>
                    >>> It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
                    >>> put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
                    >>>
                    >> etc.
                    >>> On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
                    >>>
                    >>>> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
                    >>>>
                    >> for
                    >>
                    >>> my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
                    >>> department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
                    >>>
                    >>>> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@... <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                    > <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                    >>>>
                    >> <mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                    >>
                    >>>> John
                    >>
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                  • Richard Victor
                    I got mine at Amateur Electronic Supply in Milwaukee, but I m sure that there are a number of other dealers as well. http://www.aesham.com/ Dick
                    Message 9 of 14 , Jun 7, 2010
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                      I got mine at Amateur Electronic Supply in Milwaukee, but I'm sure that
                      there are a number of other dealers as well.

                      http://www.aesham.com/

                      Dick

                      On 6/7/2010 2:03 PM, SRehm24416@... wrote:
                      > Is there a link for this Larsen antenna?
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > -----Original Message-----
                      > From: Cris Hanna<crishanna@...>
                      > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                      > Sent: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 11:25 am
                      > Subject: RE: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                      >
                      >
                      > I have not used the Larsen but may give it a try
                      > ScannerMaster carries the Austin Sprectra. It's expensive at 99.00 but
                      > 've been very impressed.
                      > http://www.scannermaster.com/Austin_Spectra_Mobile_Antenna_p/04-540720.htm
                      >
                      > Unfortunately the antenna I have on vehicle in addition to the Austin
                      > pectra, which is knocking it out of the park on all bands, is not made any
                      > ore. It is the Antenna Specialist MON 52 Lo band, High, UHF, 800 Mhz
                      >
                      > I'm also planning to try this one in the near future
                      > ttp://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/1171.html make sure you
                      > heck the link for the gain chart.
                      >
                      >
                      > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
                      > f MCH
                      > ent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:53 PM
                      > o: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
                      > ubject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                      >
                      >
                      > I've used the Larsen 150/450 NMO antennas for years and they are some of
                      > he best performing antennas. I've never tried the tri-band antenna, but
                      > t very likely is exactly what you are looking for.
                      > Joe M.
                      > Patrick - Used 2-Way wrote:
                      > I can 2nd that one. I believe that's what I have in my truck for my
                      > CD996T.
                      >
                      >
                      > Before that I was hooked to my BC780XLT..
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > On both scanners I was very happy with the performance of the antenna.
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > _____________________________________
                      > Blackberry PIN 216AB19A
                      >
                      > Blackberry, Treo, Windows Mobile, iPhone Repair
                      > Motorola 2-Way Radio Service and Technical Consulting
                      >
                      > _____
                      >
                      > From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                      > mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
                      > ehalf
                      > Of Richard Victor
                      > Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 11:50 AM
                      > To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com<mailto:BCD396XT%40yahoogroups.com>
                      > Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Looking for a good mag mount Antenna for my 396xt
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > The Larsen NMO150/450/800 covers VHF, UHF and 800 MHz and you can buy it
                      > with a mag mount or for installation.
                      >
                      > It will do a good job on your vehicle and also works well indoors if you
                      > put it on a metal base such as a cookie sheet, pizza pan, file cabinet,
                      > tc.
                      >
                      > On 6/5/2010 10:30 PM, squadguy2 wrote:
                      >
                      >> I am from IL and a fire buff. I was looking for a magnet mount antenna
                      >>
                      > or
                      > my scanner. Does anyone have any recommendations? Remember for fire
                      > department listening including the 800 trunk systems.
                      >
                      >> Please e-mail me at jrossfd@...<mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                      >>
                      > mailto:jrossfd%40comcast.net>
                      >
                      >> John
                      >>
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