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APX8500 Antenna

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APX8500 Antenna

Postby KDN » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:45 pm

Looking into the APX8500 for my agency.

Has anyone installed or had hands on one of these yet?

I've been unable to get a picture of the multiband antenna. Anyone have any experience with it?

Thanks!

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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby loband » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:56 am

Yes it is a multiband band NMO from PCTEL.

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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby motorola_otaku » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:38 pm

https://www.tessco.com/products/display ... sku=503018

The 8500 also uses a QMA connector for RF, not a mini-UHF. https://www.tessco.com/products/display ... sku=421702

edit: We have some on order but they have not shipped yet. I suspect they aren't actually in production yet.
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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby loband » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:03 pm

IMHO, the single RF connection is a bad design. Should have the option of at least 2 if not 3 antenna ports on the radio. Users in public safety want low profile antennas....not some big ugly soda can with a whip (PCTEL) or ugly bigger can with center load whip (Laird) . If you use a splitter the loss on vhf & uhf is 1db and on 800 1.5db. The cell/wifi modems have 5 rf connectors. SMH

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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby motorola_otaku » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:12 pm

Allegedly Motorola is going to offer a triplexer as a factory option. Haven't seen it documented yet tho.
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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby loband » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:23 pm


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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby tuckerm » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:19 am

Yeah, I'd rather have three antennas than one ugly one.
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Re: APX8500 Antenna

Postby motorola_otaku » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:39 pm

It comes down to personal preference and hole count on the vehicle imho. The hole counts on our installs are getting pretty ridiculous so I'm in favor of consolidating antennas.

The performance on the Laird antenna was somewhat lacking, especially on the UHF band. I haven't gotten one of the PCTELs to test yet.
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