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RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna

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Product Summary

Coming in loud and clear.

Increase your range with this indoor center-loaded telescoping antenna. It extends from 16" to 40" and is ideal for picking up the VHF band from 30~512MHz. It connects easily to your scanner using a right-angle BNC connector.

  • Receives VHF frequency 30~512MHz
  • Right-angle BNC connector connects directly to most indoor scanners
  • Center-loaded coil for best reception
  • 6 stainless-steel telescoping sections extend antenna from 16" to 40"
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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
July 23, 2010 RadioShack Telescopic Scanner Antenna (Guía del comienzo rápido)
July 23, 2010 RadioShack Telescopic Scanner Antenna (Guía Del Usuario)
July 23, 2010 RadioShack Telescopic Scanner Antenna (Quick Start Guide)

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RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong signal (7)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Easy to set up (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Bad reception / weak antenna (3)
  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Portable devices (5)
  • Living room (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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5.0

works good

By mark

from pgh pa

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room
    • Portable Devices
    • Small Rooms

    Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

    works good for what i need

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BETTER THAN STOCK ANTENNA

    By BILL

    from DANVERS MA

    About Me Power User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable Devices

      Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

      GREAT ANTENNA I HAVE 3.ONE FOR HAND HELD RADIO AND 2 BASE SCANNERS. WORKS GREAT.I HAVE HAD ONE FOR 10 YEARS NOW.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Happy in the UK

      By Bilzin

      from Wiltshire UK

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room
        • Portable Devices
        • Small Rooms

        Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

        Used as a replacement antenna on a used Commtel 215 base scanner here in the UK.
        Great reception and clear audio
        Presently monitoring RIAT 2013 no problem

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT ANTENNA IF ROOF TOP NOT ALLOWED!

        By Bob Mason

        from Yonkers, NY(Westchester County)

        About Me Power User

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Strong Signal

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

            This antenna all though heavy..does a MUCH better job then the stock GRE/Uniden-Bearcat filmsy antenna but of course..nothing beats a roof-top mounted antenna.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A good replacement for the stock antenna

            By zwa2go

            from Elizabethton, Tennessee

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Better than stock antenna
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Increased range
            • Strong Signal

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home office on scanner

              Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

              As soon as I started the PRO-197 scanner, I noticed that lower frequencies (below 800) came in somewhat better and the range of the scanner was increased from signals 20-25 miles away that were not even picked up by the stock telescoping antenna that came with the PRO-197 scanner. A definite increase in signal strength and increase in range of scanner. Not good on higher frequencies above 900.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Very flimsy but good.

              By KCair&rail.

              from Raytown,mo.

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Strong Signal

              Cons

              • Breaks to easy
              • Flimsy
              • Unattractive Design
              • Way to easy to bend

              Best Uses

              • Living Room

              Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

              I got this as a replacement to the stock Antenna that came with a pro-164.I used it to listen to local police,fire,railroads,and Kansas city center air traffic control. It lasted about a year until i pushed down a little hard on the top and it bent. Now i have to find another replacement but it wont be this one again.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              IT REALLY PULLS IN

              By SCANNER MAN

              from MASSACHUSETTS

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Strong Signal

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom

                Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

                IT REALLY PERFORMS WELL IM IN A VALLEY AND I COMPARED IT WITH OTHER INDOOR ANTENNAS I AM HAPPY I MIGHT EVEN PURCHASE A ANOTHERONE JUST TO HAVE THANKS!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                It works but thats about it......

                By Robert

                from Chippewa falls Wisconsin

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Poor Reception

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom
                • Living Room
                • Portable Devices

                Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

                It takes forever to tune.Yes it does work but save your penny's and pass this one up.This antenna does work and when it does works rather well,but I find I'm always adjusting it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Poor

                By Piskami

                from St. Louis, Missouri

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Poor Reception

                Best Uses

                • Outside
                • Portable Devices

                Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

                This product does no better than a rigged up antenna - that is what I used before this.

                Poor reception, and it takes forever to fine tune - and when you do for one frequency, others drop out.

                It's to much hassle to fine tune this.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Too much whiz and not enough bang

                By michael petersen

                from Bloomington,Il

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                • Poor Reception

                Best Uses

                • There are no best uses

                Comments about RadioShack® Indoor Telescopic Scanner Antenna:

                I have been in listening to scanners for many years and i have to say that is by far the worst antenna i ever bought,even after fine tuning.I've been moving my scanner around to different locations and have gotten only the same results.If you are looking for a better scanner antenna,don't waste your money on this one.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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