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Looking for replacement antenna - please advise

Postby Farringdon » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:32 am

I apologize if this has been addressed in other threads, but I've looked around on here and do not think I have found my question specifically addressed.

I am using the RadioShack Pro-164 scanner (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2970547) with a BNC antenna. I use it mainly to monitor railroad communications in the Central Philadelphia area. As far as I can tell, the scanner itself is fine. However, I have damaged the stock/rubber ducky antenna and was already looking for a replacement.

I have already purchased RadioShack's "Center-Loaded Telescoping Whip Antenna" (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2103159). I think this performs slightly better, but I am actually not certain how much better.

However, I believe I have read that some specialty retailers sell antennas that have been "cut" or tuned to a certain range of frequency, and that it might be able to get one of these for the railroad frequencies (i.e. 159.8 - 161.5).

If anybody can fill me in on their experience and opinions on what kind of antenna would work best for me, it would be much appreciated. As I said, I am looking for a new flexible rubber antenna, and if there is one that works better for railroads, I would like to know about it. I don't drive, nor do I have the ability to construct a larger antenna at home, so I am looking for something small and convenient for walking/biking/public transportation.

In addition, any additional comments on the Radio Shack Pro-164, their telescoping antenna, or even listening in on CSX/Amtrak/SEPTA/NS/CR in and around Philadelphia would also be helpful.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Re: Looking for replacement antenna - please advise

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:57 pm

I don't have any experience with their products, but Traintenna might have what you're looking for.
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Re: Looking for replacement antenna - please advise

Postby Aa3rt » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:20 pm

Farringdon-Here's a link to an antenna I purchased for use on one of my handheld scanners dedicated to railroad monitoring.

http://www.scannerworld.com/content/product/model/SW77CA

This antenna is 15 1/2" long, is flexible (within limits) and works well picking up railroad frequencies here in southern Maryland.

I have no connection to Scanner World except as a satisfied customer.
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Re: Looking for replacement antenna - please advise

Postby Ken W2KB » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:00 pm

Excellent information on hand-held antennas. Note that the Number 4 on page 21 can be ordered for a specific frequency. Another option is Number 6, a full quarter wave, which the user can cut to length.

http://www.larsen-antennas.com/docfiles/ASB10/PortableandTerminalAntennas.pdf

I have never been disappointed with a Larson product in my amateur radio experience. Were I to need a replacement antenna for my Motorola handheld radio (used as conductor on BR&WRR in NJ) I would probably go with Larson.
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