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Old 04-16-2018, 07:19 PM   #1
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I know this has been asked before, but since I can't search this forum on my tablet i'll ask. I installed a radio in my car and didn't want to mount the antenna through the fender, I mounted a full length expanded antenna on the outside of the frame on the passengers side. On the small end I put a 10 inch length of hose and extended the antenna through the triangle floor brace. The hose keeps the mast from touching. This works great sitting still, the funny thing as I start getting up to speed the reception fades, at 60 mph you can't hear the radio. As soon as I slow reception returns, any ideas?
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:54 AM   #2
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Thanks for the memories Greg. In the 60's we would do underbody mounts of the antennas when we were stripping chrome, filling holes and "frenching" headlights. Don't remember ever having a problem with reception. There were/are some special antennas out there. Take a look at this option: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_12044U...l-Antenna.html

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There were/are some special antennas out there. Take a look at this option: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_12044U...l-Antenna.html

Enjoy the adventure, Chap
That's assuming that there is a 12 volt source available to operate it.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:00 AM   #4
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Was the trimmer capacitor adjusted to the antenna after installation
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I've never had anything like this before thats why I asked. I converted it over to 12v neg. ground about 15 years ago so power to a antenna will not be a problem. I have a second antenna that I thought about adding, does a antenna cable splitter work.
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Somewhere on the radio, usually near where the antenna wire goes in there is a small adjustment screw--- on these old am radios it makes a lot of difference in reception, set radio at weak station in lower numbers, adjust for best reception
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Thanks but mine is a custom auto sound radio, I wanted f.m.
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I have the same setup as you and the reception has never been good. I put a under dash Tune trapper in and it does about the same. I have learned to just plug in the Ipod and forget about radio.
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I put the antenna under the dash of my 55 f100,works great.
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I put the antenna under the dash of my 55 f100,works great.
I also have a modern radio
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