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Using Mobile Antenna At Home

Jul 13th 2018, 09:42

N1CAK

Joined: May 10th 2018, 15:26
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I have a Baofeng BF-F9 V2+ handheld transceiver. I live on an island and have to use mainland repeaters. I had the idea to use a Nagoya UT-108 mobile antenna mounted on the housing of an air conditioner in one of my second floor bedrooms to add elevation to reach more repeaters. I've received phone calls from people who have heard me on receivers over 25 miles away. But I have never heard an incoming signal. I do not run the air conditioner when I am sending or attempting to receive. Is there something about mounting the antenna on an air conditioner that interferes with receiving a signal? Is the fact that I assume the antenna is grounded by virtue of the three-prong electrical plug effecting my reception. If there is a magnet in the motor or condenser, is that attracting incoming signals away from the antenna. Since I have two handhelds, I have experimented by sending to myself. I am successful receiving with the handheld with a Nagoya 771 AND with the handheld with the UT-108? I don't know what else to do.
Jul 13th 2018, 10:08

WA0CBW

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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The fact that you are being heard 25 miles away says your antenna is probably working fine. I would double check frequencies both transmit and receive and PL codes. Also check the squelch level. You may have it set too high. It might be that the receiver is somewhat deaf to week signals. Do you hear noise when you open the squelch or press the monitor button?
Bill
Jul 13th 2018, 12:34

N1CAK

Joined: May 10th 2018, 15:26
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I get no "noise" with the squelch set on "1". At "0" all I get is static.

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