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Best Short antenna on the market

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jxm94, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Dec 26, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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    jxm94

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    Got some extra christmas and looking to get a short antenna also when I go to the automated car washes the people running always stop me and take off my antenna not a huge deal but rather have short and see if they will not take it off. So im looking for a shorter one with good quality reception. What would you guys suggest
     
  2. Dec 26, 2016 at 7:56 PM
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    Cravenspeed has a good selection of "stubby" antennas.

    I got one on my truck and it looks good. The reception, on the other hand, is hit or miss
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM
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    That seems to be the thing I am reading in all the reviews is the reception gets crappy I dont necessarily need a stubby one but just one that is shorter then the stock one.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:09 PM
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    From everything I've read all the stubby ones have significantly worse reception. A lot of people just cut off 4-8 inches and call it a day. Now you can go use that extra cash I saved you and put a stripper through college.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:13 PM
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    I cut the stock one to 13". No prob with reception
     
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  6. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:14 PM
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    I cut mine down as well with no noticeable effects.
     
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  7. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:20 PM
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    thats a good idea. In regards to that you obviously cut off it off from the top?
     
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  8. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:28 PM
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  9. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:29 PM
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    Yes. I threw it in the vice and Dremeled it with a cut off wheel
     
  10. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:29 PM
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    Remove the ball. Chop it from the top, re-install ball or heat wrap it.
     
  11. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:30 PM
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    I got a 14 inch antenna x. Had it for 3 years no issues reception is great and it ha survived countless auto car washes
     
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    I cut 6in off mine to fit my garage and lost my favorite station. It really matters where you live. Just be aware that there will be a loss of some sort.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:41 PM
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    The FM radio band in the US is 20 MHz "wide", 88 to 108 MHz, meaning 98 MHz is the center of the band. The wavelength of a 98 MHz radio wave is 120.5", one quarter of that is 30.125" and most non-enhanced automobile antennas are of or near that length--i.e. they are "1/4 wave" antennas. About as short as an antenna for that band can be and provide "good" reception.

    Any shorter than 30" and performance suffers, however if a shorter antenna is needed or desired 15" or so (1/8 wave ) would be the next most viable option with "good" reception over a 45 to 50 mile distance under optimal conditions (flat terrain, no major obstacles). But (there's always a but) once you get below 1/4 wave it really doesn't matter all that much so anything 13" to 18" will perform similarly. Below 12" don't expect much for any but local (20 miles or so maybe) relatively high power stations.

    FWIW I cut mine to 14-1/2" to favour a 104.5 MHz station in Jacksonville, about 40 miles from here as the crow flies. It's listenable for that station out to 50-55 miles from Jacksonville, but that is here in the flatlands of NE Florida, it falls off fast after that.
     
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    Science!!!
     
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    :thumbsup:
    I lost 103.5 (cuts in and out). Not a local station and not flatland.:( I was getting tired of hitting the garage door though.
     
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    Yup and Florida is a pretty flat state. Nothing to interfere with radio signal.
     
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    I tried twisting that ball off the tip of my antenna with channel locks and it wouldn't budge. Any better ideas? May be try some heat?
     
  19. Dec 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM
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    Had the same and also broke off in the car wash

    Now running the stock antenna again
     
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    Antennae X. Good quality. I don't listen to fm radio.

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