Austin Antenna

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Austin Antenna

#1 Post by deacon » 31 Aug 2019 09:14

Cleaning out the garage, I found a "pole mount" for a Spectra Antenna and a Spectra Antenna. I decided to install the spectra setup and use it on 400 MHZ signals. I was pleasantly surprised. The antenna works almost as well as my UHF antenna with an Advanced Receiver Research amp tuned to 453-483. Great low wind load for the Cape.

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#2 Post by Citywide 173 » 01 Sep 2019 15:21

The Spectra is a great antenna, but most people do not follow the instructions for mounting it and get less than expected results which results in misguided criticism of the antenna. People don't realize there's a three step process. You have to remove the NMO nut and loosen the spring first, then put the nut onto the NMO mount, screw the antenna into the nut to ensure contact with the center conductor then "lock" it in place by tightening the spring down. Too many people just screw it on and when they don't get great reception, they call he antenna junk.
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Re: Austin Antenna

#3 Post by deacon » 01 Sep 2019 19:01

Amen, you are 100% correct.

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