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Old 24 Jul 2003, 05:14 pm
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Does anyone use a short antenna on their Cruiser? Any loss of reception? Would they work well in a large metro area like Detroit?[8D]
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 05:23 pm
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I have one. Here is the Los Angeles area it seems to work well. I have to admit,however, that I only use my radio for news stations to check of traffic.
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 05:24 pm
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What size do you have? 10", 16" or 18"
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 05:28 pm
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I have the 18...size does matter if the stations you like to listen to aren't real local.
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 05:32 pm
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Thanks for the info. One retailer said they dropped the 10" because of complants. I guess I will go with the 18".[8D]
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 07:40 pm
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I like the looks of the 18. It would look real stubby any shorter. Even the 18 doesn't look very big.
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Old 25 Jul 2003, 12:07 am
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15.5 inch would be the best choice.

FM is tuned for a 31 inch car antenna. That's called a 1/4 wave. There's no room for a 124 inch full wave antenna. That would be the best reception.
Deviating from the tuned length will severely degrade reception.

A 15.5 inch antenna will be a 1/8 wave and will work much better than either a 10 or 18 inch rod.
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Old 25 Jul 2003, 01:52 am
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Sounds scientific. Can I just cut the stock antenna to 15.5?
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Old 25 Jul 2003, 09:29 am
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Yes.

A rough end on the OEM antenna may look bad. Shorty's are only about $10. My time to cut, smooth the end, and paint the bare metal is worth more than $10.
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Old 25 Jul 2003, 12:19 pm
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I had a 10" antenna but removed it due to poor reception here in metro detroit went with a 16" works fine.[8]
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