Originally Posted by Figs
Well i just passed my tech claa exam for ham radio and im excited to get on the air. i have a 2 meter rig for the stranger but no antena and dont know what kinda i should get i dont want a magnetic base and cant really find any online. does any one have a recomendation?
Hey, lucky you, I work for HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) so I know a little about this stuff.
You want to get a Comet SBB5NMO antenna. That is a dual band 2M (144 mhz)/ 70CM (440 mhz) so that will work well for you should you decide to upgrade to a dual-band radio. Here are some pictures of mine mounted on my truck.
If you color-match your "L" Bracket like I did mine, make sure you leave some bare metal for a ground. Also, I do not recommend using the screws that come with the L bracket, use some actual self tapping machine screws. The stock ones suck. Also, I wish I had mounted my antenna a little farther back on my truck, Personal preference tho. Just make sure its level! (or it will look bad)
Also, when you order the antenna, you will need the "Larsen NMOK (coax with NMO connector)" and the "Larsen TMB34B ('L' Bracket)"
Go to Ham Radio Outlet - World's Largest Supplier of Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Equipment. Sales, Supplies, and Service.
(FINALLY! updated their website so it works a million times better)
Call the Portland store (1-800-765-4267) and ask for "Bill", "Pat", or "John" and tell them Steve told you to call, and order the following.
I hope that helps!