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Technical Radio Antenna

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hdonlybob, May 29, 2020.

  1. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,823


    That was the setup on my sister's old Plymouth Arrow made by Mitsubishi - insulated trunk lid.

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  2. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,847


    Have used the little black boxes--marginal at best. On my 40 I have small wire in the fender welting as an antenna (maybe 5 feet total) and another under the running board-tied together. Works pretty well
  3. That's a hell of a good idea..... :D
  4. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 425

    51 BIRD

    I'm retired now,but I did hotrod radios for decades. Easy/cheap deal: Get an aftermarket 31" one piece antenna (Fords work great). Slip a length of rubber tubing over it and put it behind the passenger side "A" pillar trim. Plug it into the radio. Done.
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  5. Bama, for a over-the-road truck I can sort of see it...

    When I bought my current DD in 2012 it had a SiriusXM radio and came with a free 6 month subscription. First, it had a serious 'fade' problem. Going under bridges/overpasses, taller buildings, hell even trees caused fade (and Washington has a LOT of trees!...LOL) to where it got very irritating. In the wide-open spaces it was fine, not so good elsewhere.

    Second, their programming. Yeah, they 'have everything', generally commercial-free. It's true; '60s classic rock, '80s hair bands, Elvis, even the Grateful Dead all had dedicated channels to name just a few. The problem is if you want a 'mix'. I like '60s through '80 album rock, that was three different channels on there. You get tired of switching... Third, their DJs suck; who segues from Led Zeppelin to Mungo Jerry??? A good DJ will 'flow' the music, their guys had no clue. Last, the lack of local weather, news and traffic reports.

    By three months I was done with it and let it expire. I still get offers about once a year, don't really see any changes.
  6. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,161

    from Berry, AL

    I don't get a lot of fade out here in the southeast states I run in, but there are a few areas it will fade for a few moments. I've heard others in other parts of the country have that problem as well. Trees and bridges and steep hills will block the signal for sure.

    I'm a classic rock junkie, two channels for that, depending if I want early or later, and the 70's channel is OK if you don't mind some of the bubblegum pop mixed in, I don't listen to that much.

    Mine is on Radio Classics probably 50% of the time, maybe 25% on Fox news, the other 25% classic rock. But I see your point, I don't want it in my driver vehicles, I seldom even turn the radio on in them, in fact, the radio in my F150 went out two years ago and I still haven't replaced it.
  7. 4woody
    Joined: Sep 4, 2002
    Posts: 2,101


  8. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,238

    blue 49
    from Iowa

  9. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 482

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    I'd sure miss Mojo Nixon if I didn't have the satellite.
  10. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 29,116


    If we wanted to install a "Happy Radio" in our State Police cruisers in the 70's we had to use the tape and wire inside the windshield. Like Squirrel said was just ok with close AM stations but FM worked pretty good even in remote hilly areas.
  11. 4woody
    Joined: Sep 4, 2002
    Posts: 2,101


    Sorry to hear that. I was hoping it was a solution...
  12. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,881


    Well folks,
    I put it in the other day...decided the radio antenna was a bigger pain in the butt for it's worth, so dropped that idea.
    Mounted very nicely, although I could have used a few more hands, as I wired the speakers with the stereo on the bench......
    Liking it a lot..and the small speakers work very well for what I wanted...
    Running it off of my cigarette lighter at the moment, as my fat butt, as well as back problems will not let me get under the dash...
    Will find someone to help me with that when I can...

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  13. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,172


    I have a "tune trapper" behind the seat in my truck, reception is good... IMG_0535.JPG

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