Old 12-22-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Uniden Handheld Scanner Antennas

I just got my Uniden BC246T handheld scanner and I need an antenna to go with it to get better reception. I want a handheld (one that attaches directly to the scanner) antenna. I don't want one that mounts to the roof of your car or house or whatever. Any suggestions on what antenna to get?
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:35 AM   #2
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I have a Uniden BC scanner as well. I have this antenna for it. In my opinion it is the only one to get. It works very well, it would be the best $21 you ever spent. Very flexable. Its the perfect one. This company is very good, they know alot about these things. Heres the link. The antenna is about 15" long. It is the one pictured all the way to the right. I would buy it.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/produc...rodid=MFJ-1717
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:41 AM   #3
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Isn't the MFJ-1715 the exact same as the MFJ-1717 only thinner and more flexible? If so, I would be more interested in the MFJ-1715.

Link to MFJ-1715:
http://www.mfjenterprises.com/produc...rodid=MFJ-1715

Link to MFJ-1717:
http://www.mfjenterprises.com/produc...rodid=MFJ-1717

Besides these two antennas I have read about the Diamond RH77CA. It is also supposed to be a very good antenna.

Here are a couple links to info on it:
http://www.rfparts.com/diamond/rh77ca.html
http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...ants/2368.html

Let me know what you all think and what you would go with. I'm definitely not an expert on this subject and need all the help I can get.

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Old 12-22-2005, 04:09 PM   #4
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Looks like they will all work. I have never heard of the diamond antenna's, but they specifications all are the same, and the design its the same. I think you would be good with any of them. But, the MFJ works for me so.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:17 PM   #5
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I couldnt really tell from the description, but is the 1715 MFJ antenna only 12 inches? That may be a little bit short. I know that a railroad band antenna is usually around 15 to 16 inches. Not to try to sell you on something else, but the 1717 is a fairly flexable antenna. It is also very thin as well. It about half as thin as a pencil with. Just something to consider.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:51 PM   #6
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Just ordered the MFJ-1717. $27 total. Can't wait to get it.
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:08 AM   #7
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I think you will be happy with that decision. Let me know how it works out for you. Works great for me. Out of the many scanners i have used, this antenna has out done anything.
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:09 AM   #8
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I'll let you know what I think when I get it. I'm sure I'll be very satisfied. Thanks for your help, I never would have figured out what to get without it.
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