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Old 07 Oct 2020, 04:39 pm
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Default Relocating the radio antenna

Because of the peeling quick job painting the panel Cruiser, I am going to have the Cruiser repainted next week.....a special paint scheme. Some of the clear already oxidizing too.

But, since I have shaved door handle already on the rear doors, IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO ELIMINATE THE RADIO MAST!

What would I do to eliminate it.

My DIY self says simply run a long replacement wire along the windshield inside or outside.
That would also allow me to shave that hole in the fender.

WHO HAS ALREADY DONE THIS?


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Old 07 Oct 2020, 07:35 pm
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I was looking at something like this for the wife's pickup:

Stealth Antenna

no idea how good or bad they work.
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Old 07 Oct 2020, 11:15 pm
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To me...the antenna is nothing more than an enclosed wire; wires wound around a stick; or a mast.
So, I don't think that you need to buy something like that.

I noticed today, that even though the windshield sealer has the bottom edges of the windshield seal pretty tight....
There is some lifting room above the seal to accommodate a thin wire.
I remember that my old Sansui receiver had nothing more than a plasticized wired to attach as the indoor antenna.
Thought that I could do that! Maybe evn hide under the edge of the head liner.

I just thought someone here had done it already.
Or, had some expertise on the wire requirements for AM/FM radios.
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Old 08 Oct 2020, 05:49 am
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Back when I had my red 2001 Limited, I did some experiments with radio antennas. What I found was that the height of the PT's cabin kind of blocks radio signals. So while short antennas worked fine in central Arkansas near the major radio towers, I would always start losing signal when about 50 miles away. I tried several things to prevent this. An old stereo signal booster from the 1980's seemed to work best. But nothing fixed the problem other than returning to a long antenna. The PT convertible doesn't have the issue since it doesn't have that big metal roof line. It should also be noted that Arkansas has a long history of very powerful radio stations. With most of the state being rural and half of it being mountainous, those towers are very big and most are located on mountain tops right outside of Little Rock.

I'm going to be interested to see how well a stealth antenna works when 50 miles or more away from the radio towers. It's possible that one mounted in the right place will not have the problems I had.

PS: I reallly like that paint scheme in the photo above. That would be very cool.
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Old 08 Oct 2020, 11:50 am
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We are about the same signal situation here, with many strong radio stations in the metro OKCity area.
I am currently using an aftermarket antenna about the same length as the OEM antenna, and have no problems with signals towards Tulsa and the Texas border when on short trips.

If I am able to mount a wire up high, under the edge of the windshield seal, or inside under the edge of the head liner, I am sure that it will be as good as what I am currently using anyway.


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Old 11 Oct 2020, 05:10 am
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I have ordered a hidden antenna, and signal booster.

Where can I pick up a hot 12V line for the signal booster?
I really don't want to tie into the radio itself.
I'm sure there is a hot line up the passenger side window pillar.

WHAT COLOR WIRE IS IT???
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I have ordered a hidden antenna, and signal booster.

Where can I pick up a hot 12V line for the signal booster?
I really don't want to tie into the radio itself.
I'm sure there is a hot line up the passenger side window pillar.

WHAT COLOR WIRE IS IT???
For wires near the radio, there are the two power outlets, one switched and one always on - Adding power accessory plug to base model

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Old 13 Oct 2020, 06:30 pm
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I have ordered a hidden antenna, and signal booster.

Where can I pick up a hot 12V line for the signal booster?
I really don't want to tie into the radio itself.
I'm sure there is a hot line up the passenger side window pillar.

WHAT COLOR WIRE IS IT???
How's the installation and performance of that antenna?
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Old 20 Nov 2020, 06:03 pm
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How's the installation and performance of that antenna?
No there yet!
The Cruiser has been in the paint shop 4+ weeks now.
And, I believe that they want to take Thanksgiving week off.
I am not going to put on any pressure; as they are doing an awesome job, and removing parts to paint that I thought they did not need to.
I dropped off a modified Chrysler wing emblem for the one they broke taking it off the rear hatch yesterday.
Carl had it all covered, ready for the bottom gray metallic spray today.
But he peeled back some of the plastic to show me how David had wet sanded and buffed the blue above the beltline....and it is like glass!!!!


So, I'm not likely to be getting a chance to do those things like the antenna until the week after Thanksgiving.
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