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Which antenna do you prefer

Wilson 1000
173
20%
Wilson 5000
229
27%
102"
196
23%
MR. Coily
22
3%
Predator 10K
169
20%
monkey made
40
5%
stargun
5
1%
55 antennas
17
2%
bozo made
10
1%
 
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Post by wi 544 » Tuesday, 03 September 2013, 7:50 AM

base: sirio gainmaster or sirio tornado ( I have both up right now ) and the tornado is quieter on receive and gets out great!

I have had an imax till the wind got to it and something came loose inside so I wont buy another,, and had a maco 5/8, but just didn't like the swr change when it was raining

mobile: sirio 5000 (had a Wilson 1000 till it filled up with moisture), the sirio 5000 does a little better at distance than the Wilson 1000

so now I have all sirio antennas and am very happy with how they all are working out!!




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Post by hank_612 » Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 19:19 PM

Base-gainmaster

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Post by silvereagle1 » Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 20:25 PM

The only antenna I've ever owned is the k40 so until I come across a better one I'll have to say k40. I notice it wasn't listed in the voting ballet so I didn't vote.


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Post by Pistol_Pete » Friday, 27 September 2013, 19:12 PM

Wilson


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Post by 222DBFL » Saturday, 28 September 2013, 3:34 AM

Sirio performer 5000, it blows the k40 away and leaves the wilson in the dust.



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Post by VeeDubTDI » Saturday, 28 September 2013, 15:28 PM

Gainmaster on the house, Wilson 5000 on one vehicle, and a Wilson 1000 on the other. Will upgrade to the Performer 5000 when one I the Wilsons kicks the bucket. :)



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Post by dirtyjob » Saturday, 28 September 2013, 16:22 PM

VeeDubTDI wrote:Will upgrade to the Performer 5000 when one I the Wilsons kicks the bucket. :)
You have a long wait 8)


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Post by VeeDubTDI » Saturday, 28 September 2013, 16:48 PM

dirtyjob wrote:
VeeDubTDI wrote:Will upgrade to the Performer 5000 when one I the Wilsons kicks the bucket. :)
You have a long wait 8)
I already lost one due to water infiltration in the load. Looked like the plastic had quite a bit of UV damage. We shall see!



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Post by p38 » Thursday, 31 October 2013, 19:49 PM

recommended antenna for a jeep grand cherokee ? will be in the woods after a few suspensions modifications


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Post by North Texas Mudduck » Friday, 01 November 2013, 21:09 PM

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Post by silvereagle1 » Friday, 27 December 2013, 10:01 AM

silvereagle1 wrote:The only antenna I've ever owned is the k40 so until I come across a better one I'll have to say k40. I notice it wasn't listed in the voting ballet so I didn't vote.
1- I came across a better antenna Sirio 5000
2- it's time someone puts it on the voting ballet.


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Re: Fav Antenna

Post by jonmerritt » Sunday, 30 March 2014, 9:17 AM

In a mobile application the 102" whip will smoke ANYTHING the others can come up with. All the others only work at a loss of gain. A shortened coil loaded antenna can not out perform a 1/4 wave antenna, it is impossible. If you are told anything else, they are outright lying to you, or have no clue about the lies that spew from there mouths. A single 1/4 wave whip will out perform the shortened cophased antennas of the coil loaded types. Don't believe the hype



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Post by Driver76 » Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 14:11 PM

All listed antennas are good but its hard to beat a 102 as far as "bang for your buck". Just my two cents but I'd take a full 1/4 wave over a coil for most apps any day and if you break it you're out $30 average. Again just my two cents. 73's!



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Post by StrykerLiker » Thursday, 12 June 2014, 22:56 PM

A mobile install that has no height restriction and is not mobile, a 102 whip is great, zing.



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Post by 04cobrastang » Monday, 08 September 2014, 21:40 PM

10k all the way!!!



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Post by Kikker » Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 23:48 PM

For a magnet mounted antenna, my favorite is a Sirio 5000 Performer.



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Post by jballs » Saturday, 31 January 2015, 12:20 PM

clutch wrote:bought a hustler and totally dominated my monkey made keyed up and got a 26 mile radio check nice

Which hustler is it? Are you still using it? And this was a mobile setup?



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Post by Buzzweiser » Monday, 02 February 2015, 16:27 PM

I'm a 102" whip fan myself but can't put it on top my van. I noticed Sirio has a 5000 performer trucker, anyone try one of these yet? Curious about them.


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Post by FB2069 » Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 9:38 AM

Hy Gain Big Gun II for base, hands down a kick butt ant. IMHO
5 el homebrew yagi flat side that I no longer have was a close second to the Big Gun II
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Post by 1206FL » Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 10:27 AM

The sirio trucker seems to work well. A member on another forum used one with a longer bottom shaft from a wilson antenna and cut some more off top whip. He said it tuned well with analyzer and does a good job. This was on a semi. Not sure how they work on top of a truck like the roof. Might stress the roof a bit too much. But it's not a long shaft I think it's 8". So it might work. The base loaded ones work well with a good hard mount as well.



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Post by 1vp001 » Friday, 23 October 2015, 8:52 AM

mobile favourite antenna? AVANTI 271



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Post by army1975 » Saturday, 21 November 2015, 15:11 PM

LordDragr wrote:I'm trying to find a new antenna for my mobile so I figured this would be a good way to choose. The choices are ones that I might go with but not sure yet.
magnetic base Wilson 5000 is what is hooked up to my Galaxy DX-979. always getting compliments on how good it does along having a 636 Astatic mic. :cheers:


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Post by Bombero » Sunday, 22 November 2015, 9:59 AM

Hey...

AM and SSB .. For my mobiles...I prefer a magmount Wilson 1000 and Sirio Turbo 5000.

For the base I have an older model Bandit II (A99 clone) vertical that serves me well, and a homebrewed 10/11M dipole.

Ham radio mobile .. I have a Little Tarheel II

Base .. K4KIO 5 band hexbeam and a SteppIR Small IR vertical.

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Post by army1975 » Friday, 04 December 2015, 4:16 AM

well, as u c, Wilson 5000 has it hands down on fav choice. :cheers:


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Post by bluemeanie » Friday, 04 December 2015, 5:57 AM

Hi
Just love stirring the pot. They are not robust, you cant bash off trees and the like and requires a solid mount but the best mobile antenna I have ever used is the Lightning GR45. I'm a sidebander and a skipshooter. They have a takeoff angle like a beam. Look at the specs. Have talked to some big dogs that rum em.
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Post by MDYoungblood » Friday, 04 December 2015, 17:13 PM

This topic was started back on Oct 20, 2005 and is still running, got a lot of antenna ideas going here too. It's ashamed that a lot of the old pics aren't working anymore.
Hey blue, I've seen recently that antenna on a locals 2000 GMC Yukon, there is two so I'm guessing they are co-phased antenna.

I made this post on Nov 02, 2012,
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MDYoungblood wrote:I have always liked a 102" whip on the back left corner of my pickup. I had to make a bracket to mount the ball on my 04 Dodge Ram so as not to drill a hole in the fender. That location keeps the coax as far away from the noise source as possible. The height to the tip is 13' 9 1/2"s exactly. I never hit any power lines but have taken down some fluorescent light covers and bulbs at a local gas station. The locals call my truck "Tree Trimmer". The swr's, I got it at 1.1 to 1 on ch 19 sitting still and do go up slightly at 80 mph, 1.6 to 1, (checked this using another person) but not enough to damage a radio. I am looking for a mount that fits inside the stake hole made by (don't think I can say) but the website states they are no longer making them do to prolong illness. This mount makes a cleaner looking installation.
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Post by jessejamesdallas » Friday, 04 December 2015, 18:40 PM

bluemeanie wrote:Hi
Just love stirring the pot. They are not robust, you cant bash off trees and the like and requires a solid mount but the best mobile antenna I have ever used is the Lightning GR45. I'm a sidebander and a skipshooter. They have a takeoff angle like a beam. Look at the specs. Have talked to some big dogs that rum em.
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I was wanting to give the GR45 a try, since I have one of Lightnings L4's already and no complaints what so ever with it...My only problem with the GR45 is your really going to be limited as to what and where you can mount something like that, on a every-day ride...

At 4.5 feet tall, if it was on a roof, you would have to be very careful what you drove under since there's no whip. But I have herd that design works real well for DX.

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MDYoungblood wrote:This topic was started back on Oct 20, 2005 and is still running, got a lot of antenna ideas going here too. It's ashamed that a lot of the old pics aren't working anymore.
Hey blue, I've seen recently that antenna on a locals 2000 GMC Yukon, there is two so I'm guessing they are co-phased antenna.

I made this post on Nov 02, 2012,
MDYoungblood wrote:
MDYoungblood wrote:I have always liked a 102" whip on the back left corner of my pickup. I had to make a bracket to mount the ball on my 04 Dodge Ram so as not to drill a hole in the fender. That location keeps the coax as far away from the noise source as possible. The height to the tip is 13' 9 1/2"s exactly. I never hit any power lines but have taken down some fluorescent light covers and bulbs at a local gas station. The locals call my truck "Tree Trimmer". The swr's, I got it at 1.1 to 1 on ch 19 sitting still and do go up slightly at 80 mph, 1.6 to 1, (checked this using another person) but not enough to damage a radio. I am looking for a mount that fits inside the stake hole made by (don't think I can say) but the website states they are no longer making them do to prolong illness. This mount makes a cleaner looking installation.
73's
Made that post over 2 years ago and it is still working today.

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To date not much has changed here, still trying to get a base antenna on the roof, got a couple of ground mounted antennas up and working, in the spring will be installing a screwdriver antenna on the pickup.

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Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 04 December 2015, 19:04 PM

jessejamesdallas wrote:Yep, not much has changed since 2005...I stated back then I ran the Predator 10K antenna, and thought it was the best thing since White bread...And still run the Predator 10K, and still think it's the best thing since White Bread! :mrgreen:
I gave my 10k a rest and have been running a 6ft skipshooter. I haven't burned it up yet, it seems quieter on RX and can't tell a difference on TX. I still like the made in Texas Predator 10k and Kale's machine work is top notch, but the fiberglass is holding its own.



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Post by bluemeanie » Friday, 04 December 2015, 22:12 PM

Yea was heartbroken. Walked out one Saturday morning and my GR45 was missing. The cheap little puck mount came apart and my antenna was gone. Came off on the way home. In the spring when I start leaving the car out again will get another is a great antenna \. Was much quieter than anything else in the car
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Post by roadrunner9 » Sunday, 21 February 2016, 8:25 AM

I am new to this club and i must say that i am reading things i never knew. Like a coil antenna that will work better than a full length 1/4 wave whip. Anyways i would love to see your antenna patterns that prove that a coil antenna works better than a full wave 102 stainless steel antenna.



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Post by The DB » Sunday, 21 February 2016, 10:22 AM

roadrunner9 wrote:Like a coil antenna that will work better than a full length 1/4 wave whip.
I wouldn't put much stock in that. If you see this happen, the first thing to do is find out what was wrong with the 1/4 wavelength antenna.
roadrunner9 wrote:Anyways i would love to see your antenna patterns that prove that a coil antenna works better than a full wave 102 stainless steel antenna.
In another thread on this forum viewtopic.php?f=5&t=47631, I show graphs of what happens as you shorten an antenna with loading coils using both base and top loads. These were modeled on an SUV object I made to the dimensions of my Ford Explorer. They cover radiation efficiency, gain (as is typically presented) and surface wave strength (local contact) charts.


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Post by 530 » Saturday, 05 November 2016, 15:33 PM

Don't go with the Wilsons even if they win. All the others have tested better eff.



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Post by lightning293 » Saturday, 03 December 2016, 11:43 AM

Well it seems it's more like a Wilson 5000 or 102" Whip world more than anything else. I have yet to find an antenna that beats the 102" whip for overall performance, price and durability. I still have mine since 1995 and it never failed me yet. The only antenna I ever found comes close to this whip, is the RF Limited BIC12 Ultimate Penetrator which is my everyday antenna, not the ones you normally would have seen on mobiles before, or the tram copy-cats out there now, this one only came out for a limited time and looks way different!



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Post by army1975 » Saturday, 03 December 2016, 14:14 PM

lightning293 wrote:Well it seems it's more like a Wilson 5000 or 102" Whip world more than anything else. I have yet to find an antenna that beats the 102" whip for overall performance, price and durability. I still have mine since 1995 and it never failed me yet. The only antenna I ever found comes close to this whip, is the RF Limited BIC12 Ultimate Penetrator which is my everyday antenna, not the ones you normally would have seen on mobiles before, or the tram copy-cats out there now, this one only came out for a limited time and looks way different!
yepper, nary had no problem a tall with the Wilson myself. did switch to the Sirio 5000 on my lil pick'em up truck just to see if any difference. couldn't tell no difference myself in the performance. ain't gots no radio at this time due to rollin my lil truck but if Lord willing to keep me above ground, planning on getting another Galaxy DX-979 come spring to put in the car I have that has replaced my truck. luckily still have my Wilson 5000 antenna, the Sirio was destroyed in the rollover. hopefully back on the air soon.


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