Many people have asked what are the best antennas they should purchase for their homes and/or field emergency communications. There are many types, lengths and brands of antenna you can purchase or build yourself. I would like to recommend two specific antennas we have used in the SLC Foothill Net and I have found to be of very good quality and usefulness.
First, Arrow Antenna makes an excellent 2m/7cm J-Pole antenna. Product number OSJ 146/440.
Made from aluminum, this antenna works great for mounting on your house top either on a tri-pod, a chimney, or a metal sewer vent pipe. Because of it's simple design, you can set this up quickly and use for a semi permanent mobil emergency communications operation.
From the east bench, I am able to reach all the major repeaters throughout the valley, a couple in the Provo area, and several in Ogden area - including Tremonton. The current price of this antenna is $39
N9TAX - Dual Band 'Slim Jim' J-Pole
Next, there is a gentleman on ebay, N9TAX - Joseph, that sells a great product call a dual band 'Slim Jim' J-Pole.
This antenna can be supported by many things including trees, ceilings, curtain rods and pretty much anything else you can dream up that will support 6 oz of weight and keep the antenna a couple inches away from solid objects. It's lightweight for your grab-and-go kit and a super quick install.