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Old 12-13-2004, 15:29   #5
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Originally posted by uhlawpup
Congratulations! But don't badmouth the mag mounts.

All I have used for many, many years is a 19-inch whip in a mag mount. Operation has been superb, too, both on 2 meters and 70 centimeters. (It's a quarter-wave on 2, and a 3/4 wave on .7 ...SWR of 1.5:1 or less on both bands.) I find it works better than all those expensive, gain antennas, especially into distant and hard-to-reach repeaters.

In fact, the one I just put on my car a few weeks ago is one I first used in 1979! Same coax, same whip, same magnet.

I realize I've only been a ham since 1964, and still have a lot to learn, but I'm pleased with the performance of these cheapo mag mounts.
haha the reason I referred to it as cheapo was because for the antenna with mount (all one piece) it was around $30.

for the better antennas, they were $50-$100, and THEN you still had to buy a seperate mag-mount for $50 + (or a trunk lid mount for $50 +)
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