Amplified HF .01-30 MHz Rechargeable Antenna Icom IC-R20 AOR AR8200 Yaesu VR500

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This sale is for an amplified rechargeable receive HF antenna for your handheld wideband radio receiver.  Included with this sale are the antenna and the recharging cable.  The handheld radio shown in the picture above is used for demonstration only and is NOT included.   If you have a handheld wideband radio receiver, you will typically notice that the unit will work well on the upper bands (30 MHz and upward) in the FM, VHF, and UHF frequencies.  However, while most handhelds can receive the medium wave and shortwave frequencies, reception is less than optimum and can be outright very poor when using the supplied manufacturer antenna.  If you are like us, you have replaced the original Rubber Duck or telescopic whip antenna with other variations trying to improve HF performance in the MW and SW bands.  We have even traveled with more than one antenna to swap in for such purposes.
However, despite this, you will find reception to be suboptimal or even very poor. This amplified HF antenna was designed to offer an alternative for HF reception from 10 KHz - 30 MHz to enable you to grab those signals from your favorite AM talk show, your favorite shortwave broadcast, our your amateur radio net.  Reception on the amateur bands with this antenna, while not ideal and is no replacement for a desktop unit using an outdoor antenna, is much better and you can typically copy many more signals that would otherwise be unavailable.  During our testing, we discovered a large difference between the standard antenna and what this active whip antenna could deliver.  Receive signals were stronger, and signals missed with standard antennas, were heard and copyable.   The antenna is actually smaller than our picture may suggest since it is attached to a tiny handheld Yaesu VR-120 and the antenna measures 7.5" from the tip to the BNC connector.  If your handheld does not have a BNC connector, you may be required to purchase a SMA to BNC adapter to use this antenna and such an adapter is available elsewhere here on Ebay.  The very good news is that this antenna has a self-contained lithium battery which can be easily recharged using any USB input connection such as a laptop and you do not need to babysit the recharge time. Please note that this is a "RECEIVE ONLY" antenna and cannot be used with a handheld unit that transmits a signal.  Also, you will be required to have your standard antenna for reception on the FM / VHF / UHF frequencies. Here is a list of features for this amplified antenna:
Frequency range 10 KHz - 30 MHz
Very high gain & very high sensitivity
Low power consumption - operates 24 hours before recharging
On / Off switch
Micro USB charge input
Rechargeable in 3.5 hours - no external battery required
BNC connector
Low noise circuit includes FM broadcast rejection (great performance in high signal areas such as cities)
SMD design
Omni-directionalBecause this is an amplified antenna, it is subject to much RF noise found in the household such as lighting, computers, TV's etc.  While it can be used in many households, we have found it works much better outside for that daily stroll, walking the dog, trip to the park, or hike in the mountains.  During testing, we noticed a nice signal improvement and the meter on the handheld displayed a stronger signal than any other factory or aftermarket antenna that we attempted to use.  Your results may vary depending upon the brand and model of handheld and what antenna you had previously utilized. Some examples of handheld radios that may use this antenna:
Icom IC-R10
Icom IC-R20
AOR AR8200
Alinco DJX-2000
Kenwood TH-D74
Yupiteru MVT-9000
Yaesu VR-500
any other wideband handheld that receives HF signalsHere is a review by one user as found on eHam:  (copy and paste this link into your internet browser) Please use the Ebay shipping calculator to determine your shipping cost.  This cost includes proper packing materials for safe delivery and insurance cost against damage or loss.
Those buyers living outside the USA are also welcome to purchase from us.  We have shipped to 106 countries during the past 22 years on Ebay and we are happy to ship virtually anywhere in the world.  You may use the shipping calculator to determine your shipping cost via either priority or express mail.
Please keep in mind that this cost does not include any import, customs, or VAT fees.  If you are uncertain of these costs, we ask you to check with your local post office prior to making a purchase from us.  Thank you!
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