Standard Aerial Preformance

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Standard Aerial Preformance

Post by tanger32au » Fri May 05, 2017 7:02 am


I have very recently purchased a UBCD436-PT and have noticed the standard aerial is VERY poor at picking up signals, has anybody else also noticed this?

I programmed in about 350 VHF / UHF frequencies plus three 800MHz EDACS sites and was not able to hear very much, to the point that I thought the radio was faulty, I swapped over to another aerial, with the radio in the same location it now works much better and how I would expect. I know that handheld aerials are a compromise but is the standard one really THAT bad?

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Re: Standard Aerial Preformance

Post by Newy1234 » Fri May 05, 2017 9:30 am

In my experience, yes they are bad. Def on Uniden handhelds.

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Re: Standard Aerial Preformance

Post by X-Firey » Fri May 05, 2017 10:46 am

Standard aerials do lack performance but all seem to have a 'sweet spot'. Some perform ok on VHF and others on UHF. It's a never ending quest to try and find the right antenna. Obviously one designed for the frequency range you are listening to should give good results. I find a dual band antenna (144-438 Mhz) to be a general good all round performer.

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Re: Standard Aerial Preformance

Post by Blake » Fri May 05, 2017 4:52 pm

Yep, pretty bad is my experiences too.

Then, I got a custom made and tuned aerial from Mobile One.
(I'm not sponsored by then, I just think that make some great pieces of kit :D )
Got the BNCVAR, tuned to 165 meg, which is around about where most of my general listening is.
It seems to work pretty well on 477 CB too. :P
Couldn't be happier.

"cognitio vincit tenebras"

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