Super-Elastic Signal Stick

(18 customer reviews)

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We will include a rubber washer to put between the radio and antenna (helpful with some radios with particularly tall SMA connectors). Note this only fits an SMA connector and most likely is only useful for SMA-M!
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Description

Please make sure you order the correct connector for your radio!

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 are now the primary source of funding for our free ham radio study website, https://hamstudy.org.

These antennas have changed many times over the years; the current versions have black 3D-printed covers over the connectors and clear / GITD tips. Custom colors are available when ordering in groups of 50 or more at a discounted rate, email us for more information.

Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 5 × 8 × 0.5 in
Frequency Coverage

2m/70cm dual band, 220 monoband

Connector type

SMA Female, SMA Male, BNC

Quality

Super-Elastic, Semi-Elastic

18 reviews for Super-Elastic Signal Stick

  1. signalstuff2 (verified owner)

    I’m using this antenna on a TYT MD-390 radio. This antenna is significantly better than the stock radio, and has much less noise than my ExpertPower XP-771 (compare to Nagoya 771). This antenna connector plus SMA adapter is about half the length of the SMA to BNC adapter sets I got on ebay, making this antenna about the same installed length as the other two much shorter antennas.

    I’m not going to abuse it like other have, so I expect it to last a very long time. Seems like a killer deal for a much better antenna than what the big companies make.

  2. Jared (verified owner)

    I have one of these antennas on my Tait Orca handheld (VHF, 136-174MHz). Receive and transmit both are excellent, far better than the OEM duck! Will be equipping several of my other VHF and dual-band radios with these. Can’t beat them for the price, and you support others in the amateur community!

  3. Darren Hain (verified owner)

    First off, I used hamstudy.org and it was very helpful in getting my General and Extra. I recently bought two of these signal sticks and tried them out on two different HTs. They really work great. Yes, you can coil it up and it pops right back in shape. The price is very reasonable and the shipping was fast.

  4. echo790 (verified owner)

    Just received my 3rd antenna and the 2.0 version is really a step up. It has enough backbone to keep it from flopping around like the original version. Both versions have great results RX and TX but the new version really does seem more stable. I will probably end up getting another one or two because they really are that great.

  5. Ben

    Purchased a Gen 2 antenna for my Wouxun HT. Out of the bag keyed up repeater 35miles away. Reports clear audio but low getting into machine. Cant wait to see how it does on simplex and UHF. Ive been recommending this antenna to others.

  6. Bill Lamm (verified owner)

    Wonderful improvement. Probably didn’t need the spacer but it is rubber so acts as a soft lock washer..

  7. kd7bbc

    It should! You need an SMA-M connector on the antenna.

  8. Sean (verified owner)

    Got this for my Ft2D today, the difference is absolutely amazing over the stock antenna for receiving signals. Really pleased. One thing to note is that the Nitinol will have a bend easily in sub freezing temperatures but it became perfect again once I went inside. Again, really pleased.

    • kd7bbc

      Yeah, the way nitinol acts in really cold temperatures is a bit weird :-/ Glad it’s working well for you!

  9. kd7bbc

    Unfortunately I’m uncertain about that; I don’t *think* so but I can’t say for sure.

  10. Charlie (verified owner)

    Great Atenna, just be sure to add the rubber washer if you have a Yaesu or it won’t be water resistant. I didn’t understand what it was for and didn’t add one, now I’m searching for one.

    • kd7bbc

      Please note that the signal sticks are not (and were not designed to be) specifically water resistant and I absolutely would not count on it being water resistant even with a rubber washer.

      Also note that with some Yaesu radios using a rubber washer may cause the antenna not to seat sufficiently to make a solid contact, where other Yaesu radios there will actually be a gap underneath.

      It’s just not cut and dried =] If you do need to find your own washers, though, the ones we use are 1/4″ ID, 1/2″ OD, 1/16″ thick neoprene rubber washers.

  11. Jairo

    Great antenna, can’t beat the price..
    I am using it in my Yaesu Ft1xdr, receive and transmit both are excellent, far better than the OEM duck.
    I have to put small rubber washer to make a “solid” contact.
    Do you have in mind to design antennas for mobile aplication (PL-259 connector), 50w or more?

    • kd7bbc

      I actually have a working prototype but I’m having trouble finding a reliable place to get the parts. I can’t promise anything, but it’s possible I might be releasing something NMO mount this year (and you could use a UHF to NMO adapter to mount it on PL-259)

  12. Mike (CM) (verified owner)

    Fantastic Antenna, HUGE upgrade from a rubber ducky!!! Highly recommended.

  13. Joel Roberts

    Question: wattage capacity of this antenna?

    • kd7bbc

      The short answer is that they should be fine with at least 100 watts, likely more. That said, what you’re actually asking is if you can use it with a radio that puts out more power than that, and these antennas are designed for use with a HT radio which makes the specific SWR extremely unreliable — half of the dipole is your arm, after all. What that means in effect is that if you use it on a higher power radio the natural SWR variance will become more of an issue and if you mount it on something other than an HT we can’t guarantee performance.

      All that said, you won’t damage the antenna and I’m unaware of any modern radio that won’t automatically reduce power if needed to prevent damage in the case of excessive SWR, just know that the further you get from our designed use case the more likely that performance will not stand up to expectations.

  14. Brian (verified owner)

    Excellent build quality and very flexible without being floppy. I keep an HT on a backpack with the antenna threaded through the webbing and it’s ideal for me. Most other antennas would be bent permanently as a result but not the SignalStick.

    Signal strength is outstanding – better than the Nagoya 771 that was on my HT previously.

    I’ll be getting at least one of these for all my HTs.

  15. NineInchNails (verified owner)

    Fantastic antenna! So much skinnier and surprisingly more flexible than my Nagoya antenna. It has the perfect ratio of rigidity to flexibility. The glow in the dark tip is a nice little feature which I appreciate. Well thought out. I am using this on a Baofeng radio and will buy more for my other radios. It arrived coiled in a loop and it sprung back perfectly straight. I will be recommending this antenna. Keep up the great work Signal Stuff ! ! !

  16. Tom

    Question: Yaesu FT-60, do I need a rubber washer?

    • kd7bbc

      There is a gap under the antenna on the FT-60; however, a rubber washer only partly helps with it. The shape of the SMA mount on the FT-60 is just odd.

      Some people like having it, some don’t. It’s not going to make a big difference from a functional perspective but some think it looks better.

  17. Scott (verified owner)

    Just got one for my yaesu ft-60 and it is fantastic. Got it because it is a lot lighter than my diamond srh77ca. Now I’ll need to order one for my daughters baofeng. Thank you!

  18. Jeffrey Cooper (verified owner)

    I ordered two for my BTECH MURS-V1 radios and asked for the tips not to be glued on so I could trim the antennas slightly for 151.880 MHz and then glue them on myself. They seem to be a significant range boost over the pair of Nagoya 701c upgrades I was using previously. I should have ordered rubber spacers but luckily had the pair that came with the nagoyas which worked fine. I’m very impressed with the build quality and how indestructible the whip seems to be, returning to completely straight after spending a few days coiled up in a shipping envelope and then surviving a few falls on a mountain bike. Would definitely order again.

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