Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: [BCD396XT] The perfect mobile

Expand Messages
  • Mark Mitchell
    Agreed..LOL course I don t expect R/S to ever carry the sma/bnc adapter that is bound to wear out sometime I try not to move mine much. I bought it for a
    Message 1 of 15 , Apr 26, 2013
    • 0 Attachment
      Agreed..LOL
      'course I don't expect R/S to ever carry the sma/bnc adapter that is bound
      to wear out sometime I try not to move mine much. I bought it for a mobile
      and when I seen it toook only three batteries I was impressed and the size
      sold/sealed the deal, little did I know then.

      Mark ~ Missouri
      On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM, Mike <pyro68@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > I can see Joe's point, especially if you are connecting and reconnecting
      > the antennas several times a day. Personally, I don't like a stack of
      > adaptors/connectors, so I went the route of putting a BNC right on the
      > antenna coax for a cleaner look and as you say, slightly less loss. Now
      > I have a scanner with an SMA connector built in (Which I'm sure Uniden
      > did to save space) so I still need the adaptor on that radio.
      >
      > On Joe's point though, each time you disconnect and reconnect an RF
      > connector, you slightly degrade the connection points, and also can
      > produce microscopic metal flakes and particles that can build up within
      > the connector surfaces. In my day job, we've proven this with PIM
      > (Passive InterModulation) testing, and our tower crews must now blow out
      > all connectors with high-pressure compressed air before mating them.
      > Not so much a problem on receive-only applications like a scanner, but
      > still a consideration when every micro-volt of signal helps.
      >
      > Mike
      >
      >
      > On 4/25/2013 4:58 PM, Mark Mitchell wrote:
      > > Sorry it took so long to respond, I was planning on getting the right
      > angle
      > > solderless bnc adapter for that old antenna because it is cheaper than
      > > buying a tnc~bnc adapter and I don't have a mobile phone that uses it
      > > anymore so cutting it isn't gonna be a problem... I am trying to wrap my
      > > mind around the comment about it is easier to change the connector. I
      > > haven't priced the sma~bnc adapter that comes with the radio but wouldn't
      > > the number of connections add to signal loss even as small as it might
      > be.
      > > I just decided to go with the BNC as it is an all around connector beside
      > > the pl-359.
      > >
      > >
      > > Mark ~ Missouri
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM, MCH <mch@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >> **
      >
      > >>
      > >>
      > >> I would recommend the adapter. That way, when/if
      > >> it wears out connector replacement is quick-n-easy.
      > >>
      > >> Same with the connector on the 396 - I use BNC antennas,
      > >> so using the adapter means I can replace the antenna connector
      > >> that will wear out (the BNC) in seconds and anywhere.
      > >>
      > >> Joe M.
      > >>
      > >>
      > >> Mike wrote:
      > >>> That'll work. Either cut off the TNC and put on a BNC, or get an
      > >>> appropriate adaptor to fit your radio.
      > >>>
      > >>> Mike
      > >>>
      > >>> On 4/24/2013 5:02 PM, Mark Mitchell wrote:
      > >>>> I got a old one that has a TNC connector and a spiral in the center
      > does
      > >>>> that count?
      > >>>>
      > >>>> Mark ~ Missouri
      > >>>>
      > >>>>
      > >>>>
      > >>>> On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM, john szalay <surfer2450@...>
      > >> wrote:
      > >>>> These can be found for little or nothing nowadays since today's
      > phones >
      > >>>>> don't have external antenna connections anymore.
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> Shame too, , we found traveling out west, that an external cell phone
      > >>>>> antenna really extends the range
      > >>>>> when your away from the interstate corridors.
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> John in Ky
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> ________________________________
      > >>>>> From: Mike <pyro68@...>
      > >>>>> To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
      > >>>>> Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:09 PM
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] The perfect mobile
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> Lot of good suggestions here. Personally, I use a cellular telephone
      > >>>>> mag-mount antenna that was popular with the old analog bag phones.
      > >>>>> About 15" long with an open coil section in the middle. It works
      > great
      > >>>>> for 800 MHz systems, and seems to work quite well on VHF and ok on
      > UHF.
      > >>>>> These can be found for little or nothing nowadays since today's
      > phones
      > >>>>> don't have external antenna connections anymore.
      > >>>>>
      > >>>>> Mike
      >
      >
      >



      --
      Mark ~


      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.