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Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna

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20-032

 | Catalog #: 20-032
Price:
$39.99
$39.99
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Product Summary

Replace your lost antenna.

25 to 1300MHz. About 36" high, it includes a 16-foot cable with BNC type adapter connector. (Magnetic-mount antennas are not recommended for use on vinyl roofs.)

  • Great replacement for lost antennas
  • Longer length than most stock antennas
  • Better performance than stock antennas
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What's in the box

  • Base assembly
  • Lower rod
  • Bottom coil assembley
  • Center whip
  • Top whip assembly
  • Top coil assembley
  • Hex wrench
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Customer Reviews

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RadioShackMagnet-mount mobile scanner antenna
 
3.5

(based on 122 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (71)
  • Durable (53)
  • Strong signal (53)
  • Good reception (26)
  • Easy to use (25)

Cons

  • Flimsy (17)
  • Unattractive design (10)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (9)

Best Uses

  • Portable devices (32)
  • Attic/roof mount (18)
  • Bedroom (16)
  • Small rooms (15)
  • Living room (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (32), Power user (18), Casual user (12), Tech savvy (8), Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Reviewed by 122 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good scanner antenna for price

By K-pax

from Arkansas

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Strong Signal

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

      I got this for its intended use: a mobile scanner antenna. It performs quite well. It was pulling in stations as well as the vertical dipole antenna I have on my house. It works well on VHF-High, UHF and 800 MHz. I measured its impedance with an antenna analyzer and I got the best SWR measurements of 1.0:1 at 157.000 Mhz on VHF-High and 1.3:1 at 445.000 MHz for UHF. For VHF-Low, forget it; I got a SWR value of 27:1 at 40.000 MHz. The SWR improved slightly as I decreased the frequency but was still very poor. But, VHF-Low is all but forgotten these days so not that important really. I did not attempt to transmit with it, I think it is designed for receiving only. I drove with it at highway speed and seems solid up on the roof. Overall, a good antenna for mobile scanner reception.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Do not use for 800MHz

      By Ernie

      from Johnson City, TN

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

            Bought this antenna in hopes of getting better reception on a 800MHz trunked system of my local police dept. Made it worse. DO NOT BUY FOR 800MHz.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            2.0

            Overall a good scanner antenna, only 25w

            By Jacob KB7UJU

            from New Mexico

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fine-Tuning
            • Good Frequency Range
            • Strong Signal

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Flimsy Low Transmitting

            Best Uses

            • Mobile Scanner

            Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

            Ham radio users: Only 25 watts on 2m, 440, 6m. Ok for maybe handhelds, but do not use on your expensive mobile rigs!

            Overall, this is a good scanner antenna, but it is very flimsy made, and is easy to break and fall apart. I have owned two in the past 15 years, and they are only good as an emergency antenna until you can order a better made ham radio antenna.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Antenna.....

            By Police Chaser

            from Sandusky, Ohio

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Strong Signal

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Attic/Roof Mount
              • Portable Devices
              • Small Rooms

              Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

              This antenna is great. I stream a live feed from my home with a handheld scanner. I get better reception with this antenna than from any of the others ive had.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              magnet mount scanner antenna

              By DAVE

              from Murrieta, CA

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Attic/Roof Mount
                • Bedroom
                • Living Room
                • Portable Devices
                • Small Rooms

                Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                i bought this based on the reviews i read. i live in southern California. i wanted to hear more. i set it uip in my home with no grounding and started to hear more on my scanner. i was hearing things my whip didnt pick up. all were local though. before all i could hear was dispatch now im hearing emt, south county fire. its better than the whip antenna that comes with the scanner but not as good as what other people have said. yes i put in an L bracket on the outside of my house at the roof and stuck it there. it wasnt any different than inside my home. if you want 50 miles then get a 50 mile antenna, if you want better local coverage than this will improve your signal. i get neighboring cities which are 10 miles

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                best mobile magnet mount scanner antenna

                By railfan

                from JAMESTOWN, NY

                About Me Power User

                Pros

                • Antenna
                • Antennas
                • Attractive Design
                • Best antennas magnet moun
                • Durable
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fine-Tuning
                • Magnet
                • Mount
                • Scanner
                • Scanners
                • Strong Signal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount
                  • Bedroom
                  • Living Room
                  • Portable Devices
                  • Small Rooms

                  Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                  i have been using this product for about 2 years now and it is great because gets great reception, and it is not expensive. I am a volunteer firefighter and i use it for my fire/ police radio in my vehicle and I am able to communicate with other fire and police departments when i am out on a 911 call. for me to rely on this product when I am out on a 911 call must make this a very durable, and reliable mobile scanner antenna, and it great for VHF, UHF, FRS, GMRS, PMRS, POLICE, FIRE, and EMS radios, and scanners.

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                  • No

                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Versatile, sturdy, great value

                  By Kyle

                  from Austin TX

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Strong Signal

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bedroom
                    • mobile
                    • Portable Devices

                    Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                    I had this antenna for over a decade. It has traveled thousands of miles on top of three vehicles with no problem, even when getting knocked off in parking garages. I used it mostly for scanning reception, then alternately for 2M/440 amateur radio transmission. I recently took it in my shack and mounted it on top of a metal file cabinet, then hooked up an antenna analyzer. This antenna resonates on 6M, 2M, and 440M with SWR <1.5:1 on all three bands. Now I have it hooked up to my HF rig for 6M digital work and it still works great! I might buy another one just to have around, because this antenna is truly sturdy and versatile. While this is rated for 25-1300Mhz, I also use it with an AOR8200 to pick up shortwave with decent results.

                    Summary: Sturdy, versatile, great value.

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                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    i love it

                    By t macker

                    from jackson mi

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Strong Signal

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Attic/Roof Mount
                      • Bedroom
                      • Living Room
                      • Portable Devices
                      • Small Rooms

                      Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                      it is the best one

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best mobile scanner antenna for years!

                      By tango_five

                      from San Diego, CA - Surprise, AZ

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fine-Tuning
                      • Strong Signal

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Attic/Roof Mount
                        • Portable Devices

                        Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                        I've had this antenna (actually 2) for over 10 years. Monitoring all bands is great! It works great for mobile and in the attic! Don't tinker with it and it will work great. It must be on solid metal for good grounding. Cars now-a-days, you may need to convert it into a mounted antenna.

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                        • No

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Antenna

                        By Chicagokid

                        from Mount Pleasant Tennessee.

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fine-Tuning
                        • Picks up long range
                        • Strong Signal

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Attic/Roof Mount
                          • Monitoring

                          Comments about RadioShack Magnet-mount mobile scanner antenna:

                          I have this antenna on the roof of my Mobile Home.I am picking up frequencies from asd far as 100 miles away somtimes more miles.I had one like it on my cars in the past when I lived in Southern Illinois and got frequencies from California and Northern Illinois.I highly recommend it.

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                          • No

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