Originally Posted by rover67
I really like the whip antenna... Copied the setup from our own Matt Farr.. Thanks dude!
Here's what I run on the trail: 5/8 wavelength Larsen on the back top corner of my 80. It's extremely flexy -- it's just a piece of wire. A new whip costs $13 when you need to replace it (and they are readily available at HRO). This is not a dual-band antenna. It's a dedicated 2-meter antenna that is tuned to 146.460 by chopping it to the exact length. The benefit is that I can pick up really faint signals from far away that often other folks can't hear. This is helpful when you're out on the trail in Moab and want to hit folks back at the base camp.
I have a stubby version that I occasionally use, but it's so bad that I dislike it.