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Old 03-17-2008, 03:11 PM
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Matt, It comes with an antenna which has worked fine for me on the trail. When I'm home I use my $10 j-pole.
I've been thinking about how I will likely use the radio. Most of the time, I'll be talking with you guys (or listening in) on Monday nights. Since that's my kid night, I'll probably be moving around the house getting the kids ready for bed. So I want an antenna that will allow me to talk to you guys from inside the house, without tying me down to one place. Hence the research into a bigger antenna for this purpose.

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I have a Diamond SRH-77CA and a Maldol MH-209SMA, along with my stock Yaesu with its 6 meter extension....The MH-209 has less range than the stock, but it makes the radio much more manageable. This is the antenna I will use on the trail for sure. It's super flexible and lets the radio fit easier in my Tuffy.
Dave, thanks for this -- just the kind of information I was hoping for.
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I've been thinking about how I will likely use the radio. Most of the time, I'll be talking with you guys (or listening in) on Monday nights. Since that's my kid night, I'll probably be moving around the house getting the kids ready for bed. So I want an antenna that will allow me to talk to you guys from inside the house, without tying me down to one place. Hence the research into a bigger antenna for this purpose.



Dave, thanks for this -- just the kind of information I was hoping for.
I went with this Diamond antenna after talking with Bruce Miller. It has a vast improvement over stock! Collapsed seems to be smiler performance to stock but extended seems to perk up performance quite a bit! I like and dislike the fold over base and made it mo betta by slipping an inch of poly tubing over the antenna so when it's over the hinge the antenna is more ridged but simply slide it up and the radio can lay flat with the antenna upright....works good! The J pole antenna seems like a good solution but if I really need a non mobile radio at the house I might as well get a cheap used mobile and set it up.
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I have the Diamond SRH-320A, which looks like the one in Dave's photo but a bit shorter. It's 14" and I can do the monday night rag chew from my study and I am at the bottom of a hill in my hood.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:22 AM
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Ordered from Hamcity.com:

VX-7RB
A - Amateur Transceiver Handheld 50/144/440 SMA
$276.00

MH-209SMA
Antenna Handheld 144/440 SMA
$19.95

SRH789
Antenna Handheld 95~1100 SMA
$29.95

CMP460A
Microphone Speaker Handheld
$49.95

Shipping: $9.52
Order Total: $385.37

I was sorely tempted to order the Comet HT-224 rather than the SRH789, but in the end I went with the big mutha. Hants recommended the HT-224, and it seems like a great antenna for its size. I could see starting an antenna collection.
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Very cool! Great little radio!
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:19 AM
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Nice Matt.

I got all the stuff to program that when you get it
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I like the SRH-789. It definitely pulls in better than the stock antenna and collapsed it about the same hight. The hinge at the bottom bugged me but a 1" piece of plastic tubing made that mo betta. I just slide it up and the antenna can hinge and slid down the antenna isn't so floppy. The speaker mike makes the little radio more clumsy than the antenna. I like Romers antenna too but decided to try something different as thats the way to really see whats betta. I think any antenna that is longer than the rubber ducky is an improvement. Although the short stubby one seems to do almost the same as the RD. maybe it's not the bigger antennas are better more than the stock RD sucks!
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I've heard a few people say that, but I've never found the stock VX-7R antenna to be that bad. With its 6m top coil, my original Yaesu antenna sits pretty much in the middle of the performance range of the four antennas I've tried (I also have a rubber ducky from a Radio Shack Pro-25 scanner). I wonder if your original antenna is broken? That's one of the downsides to the rubber duckies, the flexibility tends to make their lifespan shorter.
Thats a thought! Since I procured it used I have no idea of it's history.
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Bought it last Saturday and should be getting it today

Ken, I think I am going to buy the same cable. What software are you using? Did you buy his cable for the FT-7800 as well?
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I actually have the commander SW and the ADM stuff Yaesu sells. I wanted to try both and the Commander SW is fine.

Your welcome to borrow my cable if you want
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