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Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

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Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby sjxts3000 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:01 pm

Looking for examples of stealth mobile VHF antennas...low profile...not very tall, etc. Looking to cover 146-160 MHz range on the Tx. Prefer to drilling.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby tuckerm » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:53 am

Antenex Phantom will do it, but for TX you need to tune it within 1mhz I believe.
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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby RFguy » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:51 am

Don't have high expectations for performance. As tucker mentioned, it will have a very narrow bandwidth. 1-2 Mhz is typical.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby FireCpt809 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:20 pm

The phantom Elite football shape antenna has a 5 mhz spread and are non-tuneable. The old oil can ones had a 1-2mhz and had the tuning pot. Both are poor performers.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby fineshot1 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:08 pm

Stealth and VHF in an antenna seldom go together very well as has been said.
VHF Stealth usually requires a large compromise in performance. It never ceases
to amaze me why some people never learn this and keep asking for stealth junk!
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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby BigTex1136 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:02 pm

OK I have heard and seen the poor performance out of these oil filter antennas but out of the mix I have 1 Antenex Phantom that blows a 1/4 wave out of the water. Yes my 3db gain whip works the best but this one Antenex Phantom works very well for what it is. I was very surprised and am still very pleased with it.
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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby abbylind » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:45 am

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Try Tessco they have several models

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby nukedude » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:54 am

I bought them both at Tessco.com a few years back, the Antennex UHF Phantom antenna and VHF "soup" can style that is tunable and 1 MHz range. The VHF was a total failure, the UHF has worked very well.

For VHF I just use a small "whisker" style NMO mount antenna, Laird Technologies. Tessco sells these for only a few dollars. Not easily seen, only about a foot long and works well on VHf.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby Jim202 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:05 pm

If you get the black whips and the black nut, they are hard to see from any distance. Put it on a vehicle and it seemed to blend in. But it was an a black colored vehicle so that helped.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby crazyboy » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:26 am

Jim202 wrote:If you get the black whips and the black nut, they are hard to see from any distance. Put it on a vehicle and it seemed to blend in. But it was an a black colored vehicle so that helped.

Jim



This!! I recently swapped uhf 1/4 waves for "low profile" to test them out, and they are 20 times more noticeable.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby ve3nsv » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:22 am

Stico antennas work reasonably well and take the place of the factory pleasure radio antenna location.

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Re: Stealth VHF mobile antenna examples

Postby FireCpt809 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:08 pm

Sti-co are quite pricey...


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