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Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna

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20-176

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Find what you need to come in loud and clear.

Covers 108-1300MHz with peak performance occurring in the 152-470MHz range.

  • Approximately 20" in height
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What's in the box

  • Radiator assembly - 1
  • U bolt - 1
  • Hex nut - 2
  • Radial rod - 3
  • Jam nut - 3
  • Rod cap - 6
  • Lock washer - 2
  • Mounting lockwasher - 1
  • Mounting nut - 1
  • Mounting bracket - 1
  • Warning label - 1
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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January 25, 2008 Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna ()

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Customer Reviews

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RadioShackOutdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna
 
4.4

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (82)
  • Strong signal (68)
  • Durable (61)
  • Good reception (22)
  • Good value (22)

Cons

  • Flimsy (21)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (8)
  • Unattractive design (8)

Best Uses

  • Attic/roof mount (43)
  • Portable devices (21)
  • Living room (20)
  • Bedroom (16)
  • Small rooms (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (34), Power user (22), Casual user (10), Tech savvy (9), Practical (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Reviewed by 116 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does a great job

By Burninglight10

from NW Louisiana

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Improved Reception
  • Strong Signal

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

  • Attic/Roof Mount

Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

Much improved reception with all my scanners. Cannot expect better for the price. A little heavier construction would be nice, but I really can't complain and enjoy the increased and much clearer reception from long distances

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't beat if for the price.

By BIGDOG 314

from New York

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Strong Signal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 5 Foot Mast
    • Eaves Mount

    Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

    I was a firefighter and lived on Long Island my whole life. There, you could use a coat hanger and hear the FD and PD with no problem lol. I moved 4 1/2 hrs North to Lake George NY a few years ago and found out a coat hanger just isn't going to cut it. After getting tired of hearing so little with the stock(indoor)antenna that came with the Uniden Bearcat BCT15X, I went old school and put a CB antenna I had in the garage on my roof. Like I said before, on Long Island anything worked. All that did was get me a lot of out of tune transmitting from dispt. I would get the responding units better, but it was more nose then it was worth. I put this antenna up and it made a 100% difference it everything I can hear. Not only is everything crystal clear, but I'm getting other county's around me now that I didn't at all before just as clear as my own county. I don't know how the long run will be as of yet because I have it up a short time. Once this winter is over and I get to the end of the 2014 summer, I'll know better and will update this post if need be.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Antenna for the Price

    By Tom

    from New Jersey

    About Me Power User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Attic/Roof Mount

    Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

    Similar to what the specs say, this antenna performs best in the 150-480MHz range. I also noticed improvement in VHF-Lo (around 33 MHz). In the 154MHz range I'm picking up signals from 25-30 miles away that I could not get with the stock antenna. In the 800MHz band the reception is about the same as the stock antenna.

    I have this antenna mounted on my roof and I live near the top of a mountain so I'm using my high terrain as an advantage without needing a mast for this antenna. It was very easy to put together with the included hardware, but the rods seem a bit flimsy so we'll see how well this holds up in the weather.

    One thing that is very important: if you are connecting this antenna to a standard coaxial cable (the kind you use for TV), you will need to purchase a "F to PL-259 adapter" to connect the coax cable to the antenna (Radio Shack item #278-258)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great antenna, even for 2m and 0.75cm Tx

    By edcosta

    from Marietta, GA

    About Me Power User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 144mhz 440mhz
    • 2m 075cm
    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Ham Radio
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

    Great antenna that works for Technician Ham bands...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't let its small size fool you!

    By Flyguy

    from New York, NY

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Rusts Easily

    Best Uses

    • Attic/Roof Mount

    Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

    I was using an ancient directional TV roof antenna to tune in my scanner. I live in NYC and could barely pick up planes even though they're all around me. Being that the antenna was directional, it worked ok when it was pointed at the source but it was unable to pick up much else. But what really made me upgrade was because for the last few weeks, the NOAA weather broadcast for NYC has been down and I was lost without it. I could just barely pick up the NJ one if I went outside with my handheld but I didn't want to have do that every time.

    I looked up outdoor scanner antennas and this seemed like the best one because it was inexpensive, the reviews looked good, and could get it at my local store without having to deal with shipping. So, I went up on the roof and dismantled my decrepit TV antenna but then became a little skeptical because I honestly didn't see how this puny thing would compare to behemoth I just removed.

    Well, boy was I wrong. With this antenna I can now pick up planes over 50 miles away in the pattern at Islip! I can also pick up NOAA from NJ, PA, and upstate NY! I am extremely impressed. I'm planning on buying another one for my parents house.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    works on digital scanner

    By Omro City FD

    from Appleton Wisconsin

    About Me Power User

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Attic/Roof Mount

      Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

      I have a Yagi Antenna for digital listening
      one day I thought why not try this on top my 40' tower and unreal from Appleton Wi I have been picking up digital signals across lake Michigan and to the west as far as portage county and Madison wis
      love this on my 3 pro 197s

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Wizz-bang antenna!!!

      By scanner jockie

      from Mount Vernon, IL

      About Me Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Strong Signal

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Portable Devices
      • Small Rooms

      Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

      I have this antenna hanging upside down in the basement of my house and can reach 2m ham repeaters 20 miles away. Although it appears to be flimsy and could possibly come apart if mounted outside in windy weather it works great if installed indoors.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      CHECK FOR SHORT!!

      By JVL Ham

      from Janesville, WI

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • Missing hardware
      • Short Circuit

      Best Uses

      • Attic/Roof Mount
      • Tower mount

      Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

      Seems like a decent antenna, but check for a short (especially before using to transmit!). Mine had a sliver of metal shorting the antenna to ground. I had it already mounted up on my tower when I discovered it. Took it down and unscrewed the antenna from the ground radial peice and saw the short. Looks like a remnant from manufacuring. See the attached picture of the metal inside the antenna.

      I was also missing 1 of the 3 nuts for securing the ground radials. Now that I have everything straightened out I hope this antenna will last me quite awhile.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna

      By Rich_8554

      from Fryeburg Maine

      Pros

      • Durable
      • I Had One Simular To This

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

          I had one simular to this and it worked as good as one 3 times the cost

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great scanner antenna, even transmits :)

          By Memorizing Revelation

          from Claremont, NH

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Strong Signal

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Attic/Roof Mount

          Comments about RadioShack Outdoor VHF-Hi/UHF Scanner Antenna:

          Great little antenna. I live in a community with some (thankfully not much) antenna restrictions and this antenna doubles as my scanner antenna and light duty Amateur Transmit/Receive antenna for my HT 2m/70cm portable. I'm only pushing 4 watts and hitting repeaters 30 miles away in a straight line through mountains! Would definitely recommend this antenna for HAMs on a budget or with antenna restrictions.

          AB1RH

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          • No

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