Alachua County ARES

Gainesville, Florida

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Local Organizations:
GARS, K4GNV
GARC, W4DFU
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Antennas for HTs

HT with Antenna HT come with some sort of antenna, usually a short, tough, but low-gain antenna called a "rubber-duck".
Adding a longer antenna will give you more gain, or transmitted power. Options include telescoping or flexible models. Flexible antennas may be more resilient to being dropped or snagging. Flexible HT Antenna
SO-239 to SMA Adapter You can attach a bigger antenna, or one on a tower, with an adapter to use standard antenna cable. Since the small connector (BNC or SMA) on an HT is a weak link, you should use a cable adapter to limit strain on the HT.
The SO-239 female connector show here is the standard for mobile and base station radio antenna connections. By using a cable adapter, you can set the HT down and not have the weight of a long cable pulling directly on the HT's antenna mount. HT With SO-239 Adapter
HT With PL-239 Antenna An external antenna (outside a building) will give better reception than one inside a structure, especially when that structure has been reinforced to act as a shelter. During a storm, a larger antenna like a J-pole hung from a rafter will still improve your radio's performance.

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