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Antenna recommendations for HT Kenwood TH-F6A
What antenna recommendations / suggestions do you have for my HT? Ideally 2m 1.25m and 70cm. For now I plan to just use the HT, maybe down the road I'll get a full on mobile, but just the HT for now.

Would like to know what would be good for;
1) HT rubber duck replacement, is it needed, if so which one
2) antenna to use the HT as base, possible a simple slim-jim
3) and lastly something for the truck

thanks for the input
AE7PA, Barry
I strongly recommend the diamond SRH320A for a replacement HT duck antenna for the TH-F6A. HRO sells these ducks for $49.95. The stock rubber duck antennas in my opinion are junk.

Shack Rigs: Kenwood TS-2000, Yaesu FTM-400, Alinco DR-235
Mobiles: 3 Kenwood TM-V71A dual banders in each rig, 1 Alinco DR-235
HT's: Kenwood TH-F6A, Yaesu VX-7R, Yaesu FT1XD.

I agree with RMG on the Diamond SRH320A - it is an improvement over the stock rubber duck as far as performance is concerned. It is, however, MUCH larger than the stock antenna and it is very thin and flexible - you have to keep an eye on it, because it will sneak into the most in-opportune places for an antenna. I often carry my TH-F6A in a holster on my belt or off my pants pocket, and the antenna tickles my arm pit and ends up getting caught on things. I almost think that having this antenna on my radio requires that I keep the radio on the back of my belt or in hand to avoid damaging the antenna. If I'm going to be running around or doing something where i can't keep an eye on the antenna, I'll swap back to the stock antenna - just for its' small size, more-rugged (To me) construction, and perceived lack of value ("It came with the radio, so it must be free because I didn't pay extra for it, hyuck!").

This antenna seems to work fairly well when outside, but it is still just a little thing and doesn't do real well inside buildings or vehicles. It is no substitute for an external antenna.

The TH-F6A is a great HT and can do amazing things with the right antenna. The old saying is that the antenna is half your station seems to be true, though I feel a GOOD antenna can feel more like 75% of a station. You can do amazing things with 5 watts if you ahve the right antenna and location!
W0ULF 2011+
ex KF7RJU 2011-2011
ex KC7YNP 1997-2007
Rigs: Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk Receiver and HX-10 Marauder Transmitter, IC-7410 Base HF w/AH-4, IC-2720 Mobile Dual Band, IC-V8000 Go-Bag 2m, IC-2820 base 2m/70cm (That goes to Field Day or goes in the other truck when I'm driving it), Kenwood TH-75A and Icom IC-92AD HTs.
Just read this forum post and it does amaze me that manufacturers don't put more effort into the HT antenna itself. When the HT doesn't perform well and you blame the radio then the radio gets bad word of mouth. Just seems silly to skimp on it. Thank GOD for the aftermarket. Smile. I have the Diamond SRH77CA and it really makes a HUGE difference with operating. Good luck on your quest for the perfect HT antenna. Smile

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