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  • Extremely poor performance!

    posted by cekala on 08/17/2013
    5 0

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    At first glance everything seems fine. Build quality is good. Bargain price. Easy to replace stock radio antenna.

    Cons:

    I was going to use it with my Baofeng UV-5R as a replacement antenna and expecting better performance. On stock antenna I'm able to open 70cm repeater about 35 km away. So I replaced stock antenna with this "High gain" one rapidly and tried to open the same repeater. And nothing! What's wrong? I used MFJ-269 antenna analyzer to test this antenna. I have bad news. Although SWR is pretty good (about 2.2) on 2m and 70cm band, the "effectiveness" (Xs@MFJ) is very dissapointing.

    OtherThoughts:

    In my opinion it's not worth a penny. Better stay with your stock 15 cm antenna. I suspect that this may not be genuine Diamond antenna.

    Bottomline:

    I do not recommend!

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