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Author Topic: Boosting car radio reception.  (Read 3130 times)

Syberz

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Boosting car radio reception.
« on: November 06, 2006, 01:57:21 PM »

Greetings!
My retractable electric antenna broke in my car and now reception is god-awful. I kinda like not having an antenna sticking out of the rear wing of the car so I was thinking of removing what's left and filling the hole. Before doing that though, Id like to boost the reception in order to be able to pick up radio stations with ease.

Any ideas on how to do that? Googling yielded me with nothing practical (mostly HAM shortwave radio stuff).
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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006, 04:50:47 PM »

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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006, 05:44:10 PM »

My suggestion is to replace the power one with another power one.  There are some kits that let you stick small wires to your window (like defroster wires) but they don't do a great job with reception.  Maybe try buying a factory VW Beetle unit and relocate it to the top of your car.
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Syberz

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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2006, 08:47:40 AM »

Thanks for the links/ideas. I shall look into it!
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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2006, 12:41:21 PM »

i just want to say that i replaced my antenna on my own. it was pretty simple to do, though finding the part was more difficult (thank you e*ay)
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Syberz

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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2006, 08:18:11 AM »

I wanted to replace it myself but the cheapest replacement I could find that fit was 150$...
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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2006, 08:28:01 AM »

What kind of car do you have (model and year)?
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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2006, 05:20:05 PM »

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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2006, 05:26:39 PM »

For the most part, any shielded wire will recieve the signal.  Based on the age of your vehicle, I'd say you have a mono based system.  Even if you have a stereo system, theoretically, you can still use something as simple as a length of coaxial cable as an antenna.  (I know coax. works with home stereo equipment as I've done it several times before.)  You could simply relocate the exposed end of the antenna to inisde of the passanger area of the car, and solder/wire the other end into the reciever for the head unit.  Just have to make sure you relocate the open end of the cable to an area not likely to see high EM radiation.
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Re: Boosting car radio reception.
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2006, 05:42:14 PM »

two words:  tin foil;)
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