We have a local radio shop that started selling us Relm P150s with a high gain 9 inch antenna, and those are ok.
He also has thrown in longer 15 to 14 inch dual band antennas saying use those in rural areas for 155 MHz.
I thought the 144/430 MHz split meant it performance best and only at those tuned splits.
I'm no expert, just a public safety user. While I can tell the repeater does catch it with this antenna, it is a backup repeater in no man's land and nobody monitors it unless they have to or know there is operations going on; as being a small entity, we only have 1 console and getting dispatch to go off from the 16 channels going elsewhere is a arm break.
It sounded clear when I keyed in with truck radio volume all the way up and I was a good 20 miles in hilltop terrain from the repeater.
So while it works, is this bad for the radio since the antenna says 144/430 to transmit on 155 MHz? If not and they work well, why do most not recommend these?
I figure ham radio operators would best answer my question, as them radio shops try to sell anything to counties with clueless commissions leaving us the users at mercy.
The thought crossed my mind they are trying to cheap fix some issues with this antenna over installing a new repeater or another.