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I am looking to upgrade my station soon by buying a Yaesu FTM-3200dr mobile 2m radio. I am limited on funds for radio and I don't want to get the wrong type of antenna connector and wast a bunch of money. If anyone knows what type of antenna connector to get or if anyone has an antenna recommendation for this radio.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this for at home or in your car? If your car, are you willing to drill a hole in it? $\endgroup$
    – Glenn W9IQ
    May 16, 2017 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ It is for my home, I am looking for something small probably. $\endgroup$
    – KM4WDK
    May 17, 2017 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a very nice radio. You might want to do some more shopping and pick up a nice name brand VHF/UHF radio in a similar price range, because so many repeaters have moved up to the 440 band. $\endgroup$
    – SDsolar
    May 18, 2017 at 8:02

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Page 13 of the Operating Manual says that radio has a fairly standard SO-239 jack and you need a 50 ohm antenna cable with the matching PL-259 plug. This is also commonly (and confusingly) known as a UHF connector.

As far as a specific antenna recommendation, my favorite is the $25 N9TAX Slim-Jim; just make sure you select "UHF Male pl-259" for the connector. If you decide to go with a dual-band 2m/440 radio or think you might upgrade to one in the future, it's worth the extra couple bucks to get the dual band version of that antenna.

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