Super-elastic Signal Stick: SMA male

(21 customer reviews)


Now offering quantity discounts! See below for discount table.

Please select the frequencies and color that you want below — the “classic” signal stick is “Dual Band” and “Black”.  All signal sticks come with a Glow in the Dark tip.

Please look at the images to make sure you have the correct connector! We usually have two or three orders per month that are sent back because the customer mixed up male vs female (the gender is determined by the center conductor, not by the threads!).

NOTE: Some radios have an abnormally long SMA post on them which leaves a gap between the radio and the antenna. You can add on a spacer to fill that gap if your radio has that issue.

Quantity Price each
2-5: 5% 2 - 5 $20.90
6-10: 10% 6 - 10 $19.80
11-20: 15% 11 - 20 $18.70
21-49: 20% 21 - 49 $17.60
50 and up: 25% 50 + $16.50
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Connector: SMA Male

These are hand-made, ultra lightweight, and nearly indestructible antennas which outperform the stock antenna your handheld radio came with by a significant margin. Originally designed to use as a fundraiser for a youth group, sales from these remarkable antennas now provide funding for HamStudy, ExamTools, and other initiatives which help support the Amateur Radio community.

All Signal Sticks are hand made; if you are looking for perfection in aesthetics then these may not be for you, but our design is continually evolving in order to provide better looking, better functioning, and above all more durable antennas.

The SMA-Male connector fits

  • Icom:
    • ID-51, ID-31
    • IC-T70, IC-T90, IC-T91, IC-T92, IC-F50, IC-M88, IC-Q7A, IC-R5
    • many others — any Icom HT which has an SMA connector
  • Yaesu:
    • FT-50R, FT-60R, FT-70R
    • VX-3R, VX-5R, VX-6R, VX-7R, VX-8R, VX-150R, VX-170R, VX-177R, VX-270R, VX-277R
    • FT-1DR, FT-2DR, FT-3DR
    • DOES NOT FIT: FT-65, FT-25, FT-4VR, FT-4XR
  • Kenwood:
    • TH-D7A, TH-D7E, TH-D72A, TH-D72E, TH-G71A, TH-G71E, TH-D74
  • Alinco:
    • DJ-V5, DJ-V5T, DJ-V5E, DJ-G7, DJ-G7T, DJ-G7E
  • Many (but not all) Wouxun handhelds
  • Baofeng UV-3R (but not most other Baofeng models!)
  • Many others

See Ham Radio School’s What’s that connector on my HT?. If the center conductor on the SMA connector on your radio is a socket, this is for you.


  • Frequency range:
    • Dual band version – 1/4 wave on 2 meter (144-148Mhz) and 3/4 wave on 70 centimeter (420-450Mhz)
      • SWR has been measured as low as:
        • 1.3:1 @ 146Mhz
        • 1.5:1 @ 440Mhz
        • This SWR chart was taken using a balun to isolate the antenna and a ~18″ tiger tail to stabilize the SWR. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s fairly accurate as far as it goes.
    • Single band 220 version – 1/4 wave on 1.25 meter (222-225Mhz)
    • Single band 440 version – 1/4 wave on 70 centimeter (centered at approximately 440Mhz)
  • Power limits:
  • Length
    • Dual band version – Approximately 19″ long
    • Single band 220 version – Approximately 12″ long
    • Single band 440 version – Approximately 6″ long
  • Custom designed 3d printed tip and connector cover providing unprecedented strength
  • Made of Nitinol, a very resilient and ridiculously flexible nickel-titanium alloy
  • Extremely light-weight — reduces connector strain on your radio!
  • Hand-made by hams in Utah
  • Lifetime guarantee!
  • Nearly indestructible

Additional information

Weight 0.45 oz
Dimensions 20 × 2 × 0.1 in
Frequency Range

Dual Band 2 meter / 70cm (19" long), Single Band 220, Single Band 440


Black, Silver (clear), Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Violet, Pink, White, Brown, Glow in the Dark (full length)

21 reviews for Super-elastic Signal Stick: SMA male

  1. delta.water.bravo.1994 (verified owner)

    Excellent order in accuracy and speed. I was told it may be about 2 weeks for shipping, but I’ve received the antenna in about a week.

    The Signal Stick is pulling in RX that the other aftermarket antenna I was using couldn’t find. It’s well made and it’s a bit taller, thinner and lighter than I was expecting…that’s actually a good thing in my opinion. I chose the blue dual bander. The blue makes it stand out but not in an unpleasant manner.

    Overall EXCELLENT!

  2. Ben Cottman

    Excellent customer service and quality. Works extremely well with my FT60R. And yes, you can bend into a knot and it bounces right back to straight. With the available bushing to fill the gap, the antenna seats tightly and looks good too.

  3. David Donoho

    I love the signal stick. It is a high quality — no worries — antenna. I remember someone talking about how they accidentally closed their car door on their signal stick and it was fine. Yup! I have done that too.

    Just now my one year old got ahold of the antenna that was sticking out of a bag that I had packed. He was jerking on that antenna trying to break it free. It didn’t occur to me till after several minutes of watching him that I never would have let him do that to any other antenna.

    Due to its ease of use, but high quality, it is a preferred antenna when I go up into the mountains for service work.

  4. James Cervantes (verified owner)

    The best antenna I own and I have a few. I mainly use it to scan frequencies. Works great.

  5. James Cervantes (verified owner)

    This is my second antenna from Signalstuff. It’s the best. Looks good too.

  6. Curt

    Great antenna. Better than my (Real) Nagoya 771.

  7. KM5SE

    I finally replaced my telescoping antenna with a Signal Stick. The flexibility keeps it from hanging on objects and pulling at the connector jack…or breaking. What I did not think about is how light these are; it is probably lighter than the stock rubber duck! I am coming back to buy more for my other radios.

  8. Christian

    Works excellent on our HTs. This is the only antenna that I had so far that works really well on 2m. What I noticed is that when it gets cold, close to freezing, the material becomes easily deformed. When it gets warmer, it comes back to its original form.

  9. Shane (verified owner)

    Very happy with the quality and superior build of this antenna. The SS team did it again! SWR is perfect right out of the box!

  10. Kyle Mills

    Amazing antenna
    -Super durable
    -Super light weight
    -AWSOME gains over rubber ducky
    Cool color options!
    – Great price!!!!!
    -Made buy a small business that helps HAM’s!!!!!
    – Did i say durable?…..well its durable ok….
    – Not sure if i said it looks cool yet but it dose

    Can you tell im excited about this 1/4 wave? Im putting this on all my HT’s from now on. And, hay “signal Stuff” guys….. make an NMO mount 60” whip for our mobil rigs!!! I will buy one RIGHT meow.

  11. Kevin Horikawa (verified owner)

    I picked up a SS antenna for a FT-60 and it is amazing! Side by side next to a VX-5R with a Diamond SRH77CA, the RX signal is noticeably better and picking up repeaters is hands down better. I’ve even swapped antennas to make sure it wasn’t a difference with the HT.
    I just placed an order for another SS to replace this Diamond antenna.

  12. Scott (verified owner)

    Grabbed an orange one for my Wouxun KG-UV9D Mate. Orange color match is almost perfect, the antenna performs better-than-stock as expected. Super flexible and strong. The glow-in-the-dark tip is a nice touch so it can be seen in the dark, no surprise poking someone with it. Note, you will need a spacer or two with this unit and antenna!

  13. Larry (verified owner)

    Awesome antenna. Mine is orange, and I’ll not replace my FT60R again! It performs better than the original stubby antenna. I’ll be buying another for my next HT.

    About the spacers: They do the job on the FT60R. I’m glad I ordered 3 because two of them disappeared quickly. Perhaps you could put them in a small envelope when shipping.

  14. Matt (verified owner)

    Super-elastic Signal Stick: SMA male, works great… going to buy a few more extras just to have around. I have them on two radios now… highly recommend.

  15. Odin Brousseau (verified owner)

    Ordered an SMA male for a Yaesu FT5DR delivered to Quebec Canada. Delivery took about 3 weeks but it does worth the wait time ! It fit perfectly the device without any washer and this is important to keep the IPX7 device sealed.

    Reception is much better than the rubber duck on all bands I was able to test, so i am totally satisfied. I can easily get 4 out of 10 WX station rather than 1 at the time with the stock antenna. Better reception on VFH and UFH on all local repeater has well as lower HF frequency.

    Really like the fact it get so good reception and can be stored easily by rolling the antenna. Best of both world and really important for an handheld device.

  16. Tom Hyde (verified owner)

    I ordered a dual band and a 220 Signal Stick SMA male for my Yaseu VX-6. The dual band will arrive in a couple days, but I’m already loving the 220. I ordered it to work a regularly scheduled 220 net. With the original rubber duck, my VX-6 could hit the repeater, but with a lot of noise. With the Signal Stick 220, my VX-6 hits the repeater with full quieting.

  17. Joshua Skousen

    Great customer service! Super responsive and helpful. Very grateful they actually care

  18. Eli K. Baseler

    EXCELLENT antenna. Better than any of my previous 4 or 5 antennas. Receiving on frequencies the other ones missed with vastly improved sound clarity. Absolute must have.

  19. Stephane Budge (KM3AGN) (verified owner)

    This was the first antenna I ever ordered. It was all based on KI6NAZs ravings in his videos. I needed a better antenna for my HT (QRZ-1) so after a bit more research, I pulled the trigger. Man I am glad I did. I love this thing. I love it so much that I bought the BNC antenna with the BNC SMA M adapter for myself and gave this antenna to my sone for his HT after he got his Tech ticket.

    They do droop when it’s cold but spring right back after warming up.

    Do be careful when you uncoil them…the spring tension can get you or anyone around you if you aren’t careful.

  20. Bill

    Is the base of your Sam-male dual band thin enough to place on a TYT 8000D?

    • kd7bbc

      Yes it will fit any ham radio that I’m aware of. I did once see a commercial radio that it didn’t work on but the SMA-M to BNC-F adapter (which is just a touch narrower) did fit that one.

  21. Nick (verified owner)

    I’m using a QRZ-1 Explorer, as a new ham and college student it’s about all I could afford and when I was able to reach a few repeaters in town at ~2 miles away I was more than happy and figured a new antenna would probably bump my range but maybe in a best case scenario double it. Boy was I wrong, at 5w using some creative positioning (it pays to know people with roof access at the university) I can do voice communication on two repeaters 22 and 25 miles away! Now it’s not a perfect signal but it’s intelligible from what I’m told. I can safely say, whatever radio comes next, if it’s a hand held it’ll be running a signal stick.

    A brief note on the notorious reliability of these things. I haven’t had the opportunity to take it backpacking yet but I can say it will withstand the attack of vicious animals. My 5 month old kitten absolutely loves this antenna, I came home to him chewing away at the end, barring a few scuffs from his teeth everything is still working just as it should!

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