Antenna for scanning at race

Antenna for scanning at race

Post by Jason E. Farra » Tue, 15 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Some people have told me I should get a different antenna for my scanner
if I am going to a (short track)race.  I have the "out of the box"
antenna with my scanner.  Would a different antenna give me any
advantage to listening to the drivers.  Any info would be much
appreciated.

Thanks in Advance

Jason E. Farrar

 
 
 

Antenna for scanning at race

Post by m. matts » Wed, 16 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Quote:>Some people have told me I should get a different antenna for my scanner
>if I am going to a (short track)race.  I have the "out of the box"
>antenna with my scanner.  Would a different antenna give me any
>advantage to listening to the drivers.  Any info would be much
>appreciated.

Since you're relatively very close to the transmitters, and range
isn't an issue, some folks use stubby *** duckies (about 3") to
intentionally reduce range and help prevent radio damage.

Mark

The truth as I perceive it to be.
Your perception will be different.

 
 
 

Antenna for scanning at race

Post by John Mor » Wed, 16 Apr 1997 04:00:00

I had excellent success with my AOR-1000 (1000 channel) scanner at a
recent race at Phoenix International Raceway. I used a 1 foot (30cm)
flexible antenna supplied with the unit.

using thisantenna, I was able to pick up cellular phones (someone made
airline reservations with their credit card#), Track operations, track
security, race control, MRN, TV production, and also car-pit
communications.

I either sit on the hill to th south of the track or high in the stands.
This is both for visability of the track and also to help improve
reception since signals travel line of sight.


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Antenna for scanning at race

Post by Barry Burke Jr » Wed, 16 Apr 1997 04:00:00



> >Some people have told me I should get a different antenna for my scanner
> >if I am going to a (short track)race.  I have the "out of the box"

> Since you're relatively very close to the transmitters, and range
> isn't an issue, some folks use stubby *** duckies (about 3") to
> intentionally reduce range and help prevent radio damage.

With my BC200 (my main race radio) I usually use no antenna at all.  

Otherwise the radio gets HAMMERED by some of the higher powered systems,
like MRN at a major race.

Barry
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Antenna for scanning at race

Post by Ken Thompso » Fri, 18 Apr 1997 04:00:00



: I had excellent success with my AOR-1000 (1000 channel) scanner at a
: recent race at Phoenix International Raceway. I used a 1 foot (30cm)
: flexible antenna supplied with the unit.

: using thisantenna, I was able to pick up cellular phones (someone made
: airline reservations with their credit card#), Track operations, track
: security, race control, MRN, TV production, and also car-pit
: communications.

: I either sit on the hill to th south of the track or high in the stands.
: This is both for visability of the track and also to help improve
: reception since signals travel line of sight.

The last NASCAR race I went to in Phoenix I was on the backstretch
bleachers about 1/2 way up - the pit area was slightly blocked so much of
that traffic was intermittent - you could tell when crew chiefs were on the
top of the toolboxes - they'd come in great with no antenna at all on my
BC200XLT...

For next year's race I make my own out of a piece of brazing rod stuffed
into a BNC connector - the standard was a bit too much antenna; and no
antenna at all was not quite enough to hear 'em all.