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How-To-Radio: Antennas - Part 1

Antennas are a simple and cost effective way to boost reception and tailor your two-way radio setup to your specific needs. In the first part of this two part series, we will cover the difference between whip and stubby antennas.

One of the greatest benefits of a two way radio communications solution is the ability to instantly reach the people that you need to, when you need to, regardless of where you are. A great way to ensure that this is going to happen is making sure you have the correct antenna installed in your radio. This can get confusing however, as there are several varieties that do different things and work with different radios. This guide will explain the two main styles of antenna and what their uses and advantages are.

Whip Antennas

As one of the more common styles of antenna used on handheld radios, whip antennas are great all-rounder shape. They have a flexible pole, meaning they can bend and move without being completely destroyed or potentially severing the wiring inside. They are usually around 14cm in length, meaning they have great long-range communications capability.

Stubby Antennas

The other main style of antenna used on handheld radios is the stubby. These antennas are shorter than most other antennas, meaning that they are often sturdier and have less chance of being damaged. They excel in close-range situations such as enclosed spaces, but their reduced size can affect their ability to work efficiently over longer distances.

In the second part of this series on antennas, we will explore the difference between helical and monopole antennas, as well as the benefits and uses for each.

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