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Author Topic: Mobile magnetic mount antenna for 2 meter/ 70 centermeter  (Read 6768 times)
K2OWK
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« on: October 08, 2010, 08:54:48 PM »

I was told to put this question on this thread. I have a Wouxun KV-UG2D that works great. I want to use it in my car. I an not sure which magnetic mount antenna would work best. I do not want to spend much money and have looked at the following antennas all MFJ (factory is local to me), 1724B,1729 or 1722S. I like the price of the last one if it is any good. I will be using it in the car very rarely, so I do not need a permanent antenna, and I will be mostly using local repeaters on my trips. I would say the maximum distance at any time would be about 10 miles. Please let me know what you think of the listed antennas? I would also appreciate any information on other antennas in the same price range? I am an old Ham operator, but I am very new to VHF/UHF operation.

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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 03:49:22 AM »

I have to assume the radio is a handheld, and if it is, then use a plain old 1/4 wave. Stick it on the roof, and do your thing.
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KI4SDY
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010, 05:42:44 AM »

Of the antennas that you mention; all are dual banders, so I assume that is a requirement. The MFJ 1729 is very popular hear locally and on eHam.net due to its great performance. Check the ratings and feedback. Some users say that it out performed Diamond and Comet antennas, which are much more expensive. It is painted low profile black and is very flexible for garaging. For $39.00, I think you will be very happy with it!  Grin
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K3GM
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2010, 06:38:48 AM »

A Larsen NMO2/70.  If you have to use a mag mount, Larsen is one of the best, and if you move onto another radio and a permament NMO mount, you can still use the antenna.  Mine is nearly 30 years old.
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K2OWK
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 09:13:18 PM »

Thanks, I bought a Laird with a magnetic mount at a local Ham fest. The fellow I bought it from said it was a dual band, but I can not find a listing for a dual band on the Laird home page. The one I bought measures just short of 19". The closest I can get is a 2 meter antenna. There is no model number, but it is very well made and the whip section is black. The base is very well made in chrome. The only markings are the name Laird Technologies on both the mount and and the antenna. It came with a PL-259 mounted on RG58AU. I will have to replace it with a BNC and then test it. I do not have any method to measure IVSWR at this frequency so I will have to see if the signal strength is any better then with the rubber ducky antenna. I would like to know if anyone has any thoughts on this antenna. I got it very cheep so if it is no good it will be no great loss.

Thank you for the information so far. I  appreciate it.

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KF5INA
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 08:57:50 PM »

I almost purchased the MFJ 1729 online for my Icom dual-band handy, but ended-up purchasing a Diamond MR77 mag-mount from a local radio store. The MR77 (SMA version) cost me $44.95 + tax. So far, so good!

If the Laird doesn't work out for you, I'd say go ahead and get your MFJ 1729, based on the great reviews here on eHam and elsewhere.

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Bill, KF5INA
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