Actually, I popped into my local Radio Shack on Saturday, and spoke with the
assistant. He was a scanner buff, and suggested I try one of their
telescopic antennas (p/n 20-006A) instead of the standard *** duck. It
cost me $18 Canadian Dollars, and I found it improved things greatly. I no
longer have to sit holding the end of the antenna for fear of missing
anything that doesn't break the squelch threshold. I may even try their car
window adapter, which is a BNC connector on a hook that allows you to attach
your antenna to your window and connect it to the scanner via an extension
>I have a PRO-30 scanner, and have noticed that if I place my hand on the
>*** duck antenna, reception can be greatly improved (signals in the 40
>50 Mhz range). In fact, some signals that would normally be missed are now
>strong/loud enough to break the squelch threshold and stop the scan. Is my
>scanner sensitivity at fault, or are *** duck antennas poor receivers of
>weak signals ?
>Could anybody suggest a better antenna to replace the *** duck and
>allow the scanner to be mobile ?