What do you look for in a 2m/70cm UHF/VHF Mobile Antenna

OnAir

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Just looking on strictly ham for a replacement 2 & 70 antenna, and am getting myself twisted.

There's tonnes of different antenna's - and I'm just confused as to the selection criteria / why so many as I'm struggling to see a lot of differences.

Just wondering what people look for when choosing an antenna? (Besides gain and length if there's height restrictions such as getting in the garage)?
 

FelchingPirate

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Davey Jones' Locker
Obviously size is the one you need to watch out for.

But also application. This can ultimately determine how "rugged" it needs to be. Are you 4wding / dirt roads? It'll have to be more rugged.
If just a daily commuter on road, then you don't need the ruggedness.

As a good all rounder, I am a huge fan of the Comet CHL-250H. It's very robust and performs exceptionally well. I have two that I have been using for a number of years now with great success.
The only issue I have had is with the fold down hinge on one unit, but I don't use that functionality so it's not a problem.