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Two Way Radio Antenna Connector Chart

The antenna is one of the most crucial components of a radio. While the type of radio, wattage, and battery life are important things to consider, it is the choice of antenna that ultimately determines the overall quality of a transceiver's signal.

A properly tuned antenna is key to obtaining the maximum range of any radio. There are many antennas available on the market today, and the one you choose can not only affect performance, but also the life of the radio itself. However, though there are options, there are also limitations. While base stations and mobile radios allow considerable latitude when it comes to choosing an antenna, handheld transceivers or walkie talkies are another matter.

A handheld two way radio will have one of two types of antennas, either fixed or removable. A fixed antenna is built into the case of the radio itself and cannot be removed. Consumer FRS/GMRS radios and some low wattage business radios such as the Motorola RDU2020 and RMU2080d have permanently mounted, fixed antennas. Most higher end, higher wattage handheld business two way radios have a removable antenna that is tuned specifically to the band and frequencies used by each model. For instance, a UHF antenna tuned to business frequencies between 403 and 470MHz theoretically should work with a busines radio that uses those frequencies.

But there is one caveat. While such an antenna may be removable, it may not necessarily be swappable. This is because the connector on the antenna may be different from the connector on the radio.

There are several types of connectors used for attaching antennas to handheld radios. Most are standard types, but a few may be proprietary to a specific manufacturer. The chart below lists the makes and models of popular radios with removable antennas along with the types of connectors used to attach an antenna to specific models. Refer to this chart before you purchase an antenna to ensure it will fit the connector on your radio. To learn more these connectors are and how to identify them, see our chart of Two Way Radio Antenna Connector Types.

Manufacturer Model Antenna Connector Radio Connector
Baofeng UV-3R SMA Male (Standard) SMA Female (Standard)
Baofeng UV-5R
UV-82
UV-B6
BF-F9
SMA Female (Standard) SMA Male (Standard)
Blackbox Blackbox Plus UHF
Blackbox Plus VHF
SMA Female (Standard) SMA Male (Standard)
Hytera TC-518 OBR SMA Female (Standard) SMA Male (Standard)
Icom IC-F50V
IC-F60
IC-F60V
SMA Male (Standard) SMA Female (Standard)
Icom IC-F14
IC-F24
IC-F3001
IC-F3011
IC-F3021S
IC-F3101D
IC-F3161DT
IC-F4001
IC-F4011
IC-F4021S
IC-F4101D
IC-F4161DT
J Male J Female
Icom Mobile IC-F5011
IC-F6011
IC-F5021
IC-F6021
UHF Male (PL-259) UHF Female (SO-239)
Leixen Mobile VV-898
VV-898S
VV-898P
VV-898SP
UHF Male (PL-259) UHF Female (SO-239)
Kenwood NX-240V16P
NX-340U16P
TK-2300
TK-2302
TK-3300
TK-3302
TK-2400
TK-2402
TK-3400
TK3402
SMA Female (Standard) SMA Male (Standard)
Midland MXT100 UHF Male (PL-259) UHF Female (SO-239)
Motorola DTR550
RDU4100
RDU4160d
RDV5100
SMA Female (Motorola/Vertex) SMA Male (Motorola/Vertex)
Olympia P324 SMA Male (Standard) SMA Female (Standard)
TYT MD-280
MD-380
MD-390
SMA Male (Standard) SMA Female (Standard)
TYT Mobile TH-7800
TH-8600
MD-9600
UHF Male (PL-259) UHF Female (SO-239)
Vertex Standard VX-231
VX-351
VX-354
VX-424
SMA Male (Motorola/Vertex) SMA Female (Motorola/Vertex)
Vertex Standard EVX-531
EVX-534
EVX-539
VX-261
VX-451
VX-454
VX-459
VXD-720
SMA Female (Motorola/Vertex) SMA Male (Motorola/Vertex)
Vertex Standard Mobile VXD-7200-D0
VXD-7200-G7
BNC Male BNC Female
Wouxun KG-D901
KG-UV6D
KG-UV6D PRO
KG-UV8D
KG-UV8D Plus
KG-UV8E
KG-UV9D
KG-UV9D Plus
SMA Male (Standard) SMA Female (Standard)
Wouxun KG-UVD1P
SMA Female (Standard) SMA Male (Standard)
Wouxun KG-UV920P-A
KG-UV950P
UHF Male (PL-259) UHF Female (SO-239)

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