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RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna

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20-043

 | Catalog #: 20-043
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$79.99
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Our best outdoor scanner and ham discone antenna!

  • Omnidirectional and rugged stainless steel construction
  • Wide 25-1300MHz coverage
  • Also for transmitting on 50, 144, 220, 440, 900 and 1296MHz ham bands
Pricing and availability: Please note that all prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices advertised on this site are for online orders only. Prices on some items may differ from those advertised in RadioShack stores. All merchandise may not be available at all stores, and all stores may not participate in all sales promotions. We recommend you contact the store to confirm product availability and price.

What's in the box

  • Bracket
  • Support tube
  • Screw, 8-32 x 1/2 inch (2)
  • Lockwasher, #8 (2)
  • Nut, 8-32 (18)
  • Screw, 4-40 x 3/16 inch (3)
  • Lockwasher, #4 (3)
  • Apex Assembly (1)
  • Rod, Disk Element (8)
  • Rod, cone element (8)
  • Coil assembly
  • Whip assembly
  • Allen wrench
  • U-Bolt (2)
  • Split lockwasher, 1/4 inch (4)
  • Nut, 1/4-20 (4)
  • Danger label
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

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

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RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna
 
3.5

(based on 112 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong signal (56)
  • Easy to set up (55)
  • Durable (35)
  • Fine-tuning (19)
  • Easy to use (18)

Cons

  • Flimsy (39)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (8)
  • Not durable (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Unattractive design (4)

Best Uses

  • Attic/roof mount (31)
  • Portable devices (16)
  • Bedroom (8)
  • Living room (8)
  • Small rooms (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (31), Power user (25), Professional (15), Tech savvy (13), Frequent user (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Reviewed by 112 customers

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5.0

more than I expected!

By Mark B

from Bethel, Oh.

About Me Frequent User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Field Day Hf Wtuner
  • Functional
  • Improves Scanner Function
  • My Icom 746 Loves It

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Ham Txrx And Scanner Rec

    Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

    very cool little antenna. I made mane contacts around the country and overseas on field day and even came out on top in a few pileups! When asked what I was using, many operators said they were going right out and buying one too!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Highly Recommend This Antenna

    By Bigbear1700

    from Georgia

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Improves Scanner Function

    Cons

    • Antenna Turner Needed

    Best Uses

      Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

      I bought my antenna 4 years ago and couldn't be happier with it. I haven't had any problems with receiving once I figured out an antenna tuner is needed for multi-band use. I use this antenna for my Pro-90 scanner and my ICOM 2820H transceiver. I also use it on my Kenwood TS-830s and TS-480SAT transceiver along with my Yaesu 101EE for (RECEIVE ONLY) works ok on 20 and 40 meters, but only as a temporary antenna for HF. Antenna has gone through some good thunder storms and lots of wind and still holding strong as when I first installed it. Would I buy it again? Yes.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Great Antenna!

      By Fireman32

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Frequent User

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Improves Scanner Function

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

          This antenna has done everything I could've asked for, it picks up everything I want to hear, many distant stations on vhf and uhf. I have read reviews of these antennas not holding up, there was recently a storm in my area with wind gusts up to 60 mph and mine held up perfectly fine. I highly recommend this antenna

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Nice flat SWR on 2M and 70cm bands

          By Mikkel

          from South Milwaukee, Wi

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Assembly
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Recption
          • Low Swr

          Cons

          • Some Assembly Required

          Best Uses

          • Uhfvhf Ham Bands

          Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

          They must trailer this form from keywords. It in not what I would expect when talking about an antenna.

          I am not sure how well it works for scanners, but it works great on my 2M/440 radio. Good range and clear reception. And it did not require a lot of tuning to get a flat SWR either.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          Good antenna for 2m 440 ham bands

          By matt

          from Fond du lac Wi

          About Me Frequent User

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Price
          • Great Signal Quality

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • 2m 440

          Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

          I like this antenna for use on my uhf/vhf dual band radio, 440 and 2m. The only thing that stopped me from giving this 5 stars is that the construction is a little flimsy. When relocating the antenna I bent a few of the elements and one snapped off. Even tho it is damaged it still gets out to the local repeaters great and I only have it mounted about 15 feet up.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Twenty Years and Not a Single Issue

          By N4YX

          from Burlington, Kentucky

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

              Ham Radio Operator; Six Meters Transmit; Two Meters Transmit; 440 MHz Transmit

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Functions Well But Not Well Constructed

              By Radioman

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Receivestransmits Well
              • Wide Band Coverage

              Cons

              • Better Alternative Price
              • Better Avail Price
              • Better Discones Avail
              • Breaks Easily
              • Easily Damaged By Wind
              • Poor Durability
              • Tubular Elements Are Weak

              Best Uses

              • Ham Radio Txrx Antenna
              • Scanner Antenna

              Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

              The quality of this product is disappointing due to the flimsy light duty construction of the tubular element rods with mechanical/electrical connections that are swaged to threaded inserts. The crimps are not very sturdy and the rods require jamming nuts and Locktite to hold them securely in place.

              At this price point there are similar discone antennas of much higher quality and reliability that utilize solid rod elements that are not subject to the damage the tubular rods suffer from wind and weather.

              This antenna may work OK in a warm dry climate without significant winds but anywhere else, it simply won't survive the elements very long.

              There are better alternatives at this same price point. Advice to RS: Either improve the quality of this antenna or drop it from your product line.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              The best that I have ever owned!!!

              By "Tthe Handy Man"

              from Monroe, Michigan

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Attic/Roof Mount

                Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

                I bought it ten years ago, what a great deal, I wish my kids worked as hard as my antenna does. It has NEVER let me down, I pick up every fast food window within 10 miles of the house...Plus the East coast and West come in just as clear as day on really good weather days...I have not lost any "fingers" on this antenna, if you follow all the instructions, you will be fine... I love it... NO complaints...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Don't judge a book by its cover

                By R Young

                from negaunee MI U.S.A.

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Strong Signal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount

                  Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

                  I purchased this product today 1/31/14, and i must say this antenna has INCREASED recieving to my uniden 396xt by 10 fold! EXAMPLE: with rubber ducky antenna, I could not recieve KI sawyer AFB, now I can recieve all the air traffic. BTW KI sawyer is about 35 miles away from my location! I also recieve Iron mountain state police post (85)Wakefield Post No. (86) Also post (81) in negaunee township and all the other departments. To wrap it up, its good stuff.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awsome Antenna

                  By Crazystar

                  from McQueeney, Texas

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Attic/Roof Mount

                    Comments about RadioShack® Outdoor Scanner/Ham Discone Antenna:

                    I bought my discone antenna back in 1994. Set it up on a 40 foot mast. Best scanner antenna i've ever heard. Im in San Antonio metro area and could pich up Harris county Sheriff's dept with it. In 2000 I get interested in railroad traffic. This antenna is by-far awsome no matter if its Police-Fire-Aircraft-Marine or Railroad im listining to. Now here in 2013 just bought a new one last week since I gave my first one to my dad. READ and FOLLOW directions, TIGHTEN everything up.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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