I think yxespotter’s question does not pertain to the antenna input connector on the dongle. It pertains to the stock antenna supplied with the generic dongle (black). The thread he refers to is the thread on the brass bolt on top of the magnetic base, to which the whip screws. Please see sketch below:
Just now I finished quick comparison of two antennas, the stock antenna, whip cut to 52 mm vs wire collinear. In the message rate graph below, the left 50 minutes are for 52mm stock whip, and right 10 minutes are for wire collinear.
Yes, you are right. It better falls in category of coil loaded antenna rather than the collinear (due to very short length of whip between coil & feed point). The coil here acts as loading coil rather than phasing coil of a collinear.
Here is another antenna loading coil from begening of last century
Would be interesting to put it on the bench and see where it actually resonates.
A full antenna test bench … a dream not come true , but I will sure setup one when I win a lottery or hit a jackpot
Not having the actual antenna here in my hands, but comparing to the other 1/4 wave whip in the picture, it could possibly be some sort of half-wave over quarter-wave design of collinear, but just doesn’t look right somehow…
Your observation about dimension of antenna is nearly correct. I am not at home now. When I will reach home, I will measure and post its dimensions.
but just doesn’t look right somehow…
The loading coil (to improve SWR) at the base is missing.
The coil in this antenna is between two sections (1/2 wavelength & 1/4 wavelength) and is a phasing coil. A 1/4 wavelength hairpin shaped stub could also do this job, but is inconvenient due to its physical shape. A coil is commonly used, and the hairpin stub is rarely used.