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Ed Denton

LW-216 whip for Comtek M-216

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I recently bought a Comtek M-216 transmitter (not option 7 version) and it didn't come with a LW-216 1/4 whip antenna. I naively thought it would be easy enough to pick one up online...but think again. It is exceptionally hard to track one down. The Comtek distributor here in Montreal, Studio Economik, can put it on order but they only do orders for Comtek stuff when they need a few things so it could be weeks before they even put in the order. Trew in Toronto same deal plus the extra postage and wait time for it to bunny hop through Toronto before it gets to me. Sadly Remote Audio do not make an antenna with the 2.5mm jack. Nothing on ebay. Exasperated I think I'll try to make one myself. Anyone have an idea where to get the the 2.5mm locking jack connector? What wire would be suitable for the antenna and where would one buy such a thing? What do I have... a soldering station, and time on my hands. Any help from those of you who know your wireless tech would be great!

 

Alternatively if anyone else here makes them, let me know.

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You can get everything you need directly from Comtek, from the 2.5mm locking plug to the components needed for the filtered input cable, to a finished input cable and, yes, a completed floppy antenna. 

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Yes, call Comtek. They can also convert it to an option p7 if you would like to go that route. I had this done in the past - and the cost was quite reasonable.

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+1 for P7.  I had those tiny-mini jack antennas for decades on my old M72 TX, and they broke inside the connector all the time.  The BNC mount stubby is the way to go.

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For years I've used a floppy antenna w/2.5mm plug in the bag and either a floppy or lightweight stick antenna w/2.5mm plug on the cart with no issues. 

 

I recently changed the cart transmitter to an option 7 so I can use a Mini-Mite external antenna.

 

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