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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | Comet M24-M Dual Band Mag Mount Mobile Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Comet M24-M Dual Band Mag Mount Mobile Antenna
Comet M24-M Dual Band Mag Mount Mobile Antenna Reviews: 11 Average rating: 3.2/5 MSRP: $39.95
Description: Black anodized 2m/70cm antenna, 19.5" tall, comes with 13 feet of RG-58/U coax and a gold-plated PL-259 connector. 1.7dB gain 3/8 wave for 2m, 4.1dB gain 1/4 and 5/8 wave for 70cm. Max power 80 watts, 1.5:1 or less VSWR.
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KG6PHX Rating: 4/5 Mar 11, 2003 22:46 Send this review to a friend
Decent performance, decent price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just bought this antenna today as I was looking for a mag mount that wasn't too long and portable. Before buying this antenna I was using a Yaesu VX-7R HT with a Comet SMA-24 handheld gain antenna with fair results in the Los Angeles basin, but nothing you use inside the car will compare to an antenna mounted on the outside. So now I have the M24-M connected to the VX-7R with a PL-259 to SMA cable. The mag mount base it comes with attaches to the roof of my car securely, and isn't too big. I was able to drive 80+ mph on the freeway without any problems.

Receive capability: not bad. The M24-M performs pretty well as a general coverage antenna. I was able to receive AM airband, NOAA weather, 460MHz police band, and 1.25m amateur band in addition to 2m and 70m repeaters with no problems. Repeaters that used to come in at around 5 to 7 on the signal strength meter with the SMA-24 in the car now go to 8 or 9.

Transmit capability: By reports I'm now able to hit repeaters up to 20-30 miles away with a little less power, i.e. 1 watt instead of 2.5, or 2.5 instead of 5.

Overall I like this antenna for its size, portability, and price. It doesn't match up to a Comet SBB-5 or SBB-7, but then again it costs comparably less and is much shorter. It does the job for what I need it for.
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