|Item Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||23 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches|
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|Item model number||1185|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
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Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna
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- Complete with antenna, magnet & cable.
- Transmits 2 meter VHF & 70cm UHF (144-148Mhz & 430-450Mhz).
- 3" magnet mount with 12' RG-58 coaxial cable & PL-259 connector.
- Antenna unscrews from magnet with regular 5/16"-24 thread.
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|Item Dimensions||23 x 5.5 x 1.75 in||17 x 2 x 4 in||19 x 3.5 x 2 in||70.5 x 4 x 3 in||5 x 4 x 2 in||62 x 5 x 2.25 in|
|Item Weight||1.15 lbs||—||0.68 lb||5.5 lbs||4.16 ounces||3.44 lbs|
Stay connected with the amateur dual-band magnet antenna from tram. This 19-inch antenna has a frequency range of 144-148 MHz/435-450 MHz and easily mounts with 3-inch magnet. It also features a black finish, unity gain vhf/2.5 DBD gain uhf and a 12-foot rg-58 cable with uhf male Pl259.
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Also this antenna held tight at 75+ mph during a 100+ mile trip recently. The antenna is super solid in the feel, receives well, but I don't know yet about transmit performance. I write about that another time.
By the way, the SMA Female to UHF connector is necessary for a Baofeng to connect to the cable, but it is not included in the Tram order obviously. If you need one, get this:http://www.amazon.com/SMA-Female-UHF-RF-Adapter/dp/B00ATEDHXE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434200583&sr=8-2&keywords=sma+female+to+uhf
I don't think mag mounts are the way to go long term, if you're looking for a antenna to leave on your car year on end, any mag mount is NOT what you want to use. It will ruin the paint under and near it, the coax is exposed to the elements, and in most installs you're squashing it between a door or truck lid constantly. Do it right, drill the darn car for a NMO mount and just be done with it for it! :)
OK now that I've gotten the preaching out of the way, this antenna is a great deal for the money. It's very well built, the coax looks good, the connector looks good, the antenna element itself has a nice black oxide coating on it, the setscrew it uses seems to be stainless and the base and antenna are the standard stud size that most whips use, so you can plug something else in the base, or put the antenna itself into another mount if you man up and get rid of the mag mount. You can adjust the element length or even take it out and cut it down a bit if needed. SWR was good on both bands for me out of the bag.
Performance on 2m is typical for a 1/4 wave antenna, nothing magical here. 440 of course is a tiny bit of a compromise. Yea, it may have gain on 440, but it's a 3/4 wave antenna on that band, and the gain is not on the horizon, so it's useless. I've spent years using antennas just like this one on 440 and it works just fine on repeaters in town, or repeaters that are power houses on mountains and 1400ft up a tower like a few we have around here upwards of 60 miles away. But your standard 300ft high run of the mill repeater that is two towns over won't be so hot on a 3/4 wave antenna. I use a 6" 1/4 wave 440 antenna on my car a lot and it smokes dual band antennas like this at long range on 440. However this antenna, is what it is, it's a common design, works well, quality is good, and I'd buy again if I needed one.
My other top concern was how well they worked (naturally). In that regard, we were able to contact each other decently over about a two mile distance with 2m handheld radios, using 0.1 W output power. At about 1 to 1.5 miles, we got full quieting. SWR on my FT-60 measured about 1.2 (5 W, 146.52 MHz), and my wife's VX-2R was 1.1 (1.5 W, 146.52 MHz). I still use these antennas around town, and today when I was driving around, I received from a repeater about 80 miles away. All in all, if you need a mag mount, I definitely recommend these antennas.
I bought this for mobile/auto rooftop use for local transmissions to a repeater.
The repeater is about 5 miles away through a moderately dense city with many hills.
Used on the 2 meter band / 146MHz frequency range with no problem. Strong & clear signal.
The magnet is strong and should hold on average highway speeds of 65 mph.
The coax cable and PL-259 connector is high quality and well made. Connector joins tight and secure to radios.
The cable is plenty (if not too plenty!) in length for almost any vehicle or mobile situation.
Item arrived fast and included a small allen/hex key to adjust the length to tune the antenna for proper SWR.
This is not optimum for use with a CB radio. This antenna is made for Ham radio bands 2 meters (146MHz) and 70 cm (450 MHz)