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There are many ways to improve the performance of your VHF/UHF HT. One of the most effective ways to boost HT performance is to improve the antenna system used with the transceiver. Most stock "rubber duck" antennas supplied with HTs leave a lot to be desired.
In this video from Kevin Loughin (KB9RLW), we see how a simple ground plane antenna can significantly improve the range and performance of your HT. Although there are other methods to improve HT performance (including the addition of a "rat tail" wire to the antenna input), Kevin believes a well-designed quarter wave ground plane to be "the best performing addition you could put on your HT...not that convenient, but it could have its uses." Use Kevin's design and see if the performance of your HT improves.
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