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Old 26th May 2009, 07:29 PM
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Per another thread - I have been wondering about the quality of my antenna (it's a DSE 5dB or 9dB screw on extendable type) and I've been thinking of switching to a GME.

My antenna is bull bar mounted and in close proximity and convoy situations it works very well. But when out on the road I often find that I hear just one side of a conversation. I don't usually have the extendable part attached and, once, when I did put it on, other people on the trip said my transmissions were not as clear.

Troy-XT's setup works well and I know he has a GME antenna.

So what is a good general purpose antenna?
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Old 26th May 2009, 07:54 PM
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VERY highly recomend the GME AE4018K1.

These are a 4.5 DB gain that i have personally tested myself against higher gain (more expensive) antennas with good results. It is also elevated feed which makes it great for bull bars. I can continue on about this antenna for ages... i like it.

I can go on with a few more reasons this is a good antenna if anyone wants.

Cost is about $110 - $130

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whats the length of the GME AE4018K1 ?

I am looking for one a bit shorter than the CD900 I had before (very good 6.5db BTW, needs a solid mount tho, imho, like a bull bar) since the mounting location is going to be less robust....
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VERY highly recomend the GME AE4018K1.
Thanks Dave; I'll check it out.

PS - looks like they're available for around A$90
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whats the length of the GME AE4018K1 ?.
920mm
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For a nicer looking antenna the RFI CD921-931 (6.5dB) is what i currently have on my hatch... but i have found in hilly terrain i have been out-performed by the AE4018K1 (4.5dB).

I don't know if people understand how the dB (Gain) effects how an antenna works but i will breif over it...

As your db increases the further the antenna will transmit and receive but the less forgiving when it comes to obsticles in your path. Like hills, buildings and trees.

Eg: A 3dB antenna is great for earth moving mashinary that are always around sand hills and mounds... where if your in the nallabour a 9dB works better.

Think of it like an adjustable mag light... the more focused the beam the further u can can but the easier the light is blocked. The wider the beam the less distance but the light spreads out more not blocking the light as easy.

I belive a 4.5Db is a good mid rangs antenna for all terrains... If mine breaks (i have learnt my lesson) i will be going with a 4.5Db.

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Perhaps the following pics will help explain what Subarino means a little more.





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What about recommendations for a z mount on the side of the bonnet - I don't have a bullbar (I don't have a uhf set yet either so some recommendations here weould be good too)

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^ already being discussed here:
http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showth...=7394#post7394
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I didn't notice this thread earlier. I've literally just today ordered an RFI CD5000 to replace the screw on 5/16 MobileOne 4.5db that I had been using. Few people seem to recommend them so hopefully that was a good choice.

When I bought the current set up I didn't understand about ground planes and so while it's fine for our day trips, being stuck out on the bullbar isn't the best place for it. So I'm replacing it with the ground plane independant RFI. I'll still keep the other set up on the other side of the bullbar and connect my handheld UHF to that allowing me to use 2 channels at once should the need ever arrive.

Only downside to the RFI unit is it's a permanent mount so I'm little worried about someone trying to steal it but hopefully it'll be OK.
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