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Improving the signal strength from my antenna...how?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Veccster, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Feb 25, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    Veccster

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    My 2009 has terrible signal strength. The strongest radio station in town is usually fuzzy.

    Is there any way to improve this? I have the stock 09 (non-JBL) radio.

    Can I make a big aluminum foil ball and stick it on top of the antenna? It worked great in 1987 when I did it to my 'boombox' :D
     
  2. Feb 25, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    Jester243

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    I like the idea of the aluminum foil!!! :D Also the antenna is not loose is it?
     
  3. Feb 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    WNYTACOMA

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    I can pick up space shuttle communications with mine. Have the dealer look at it.
     
  4. Feb 25, 2009 at 2:48 PM
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    Killer Red Taco

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    A metal clothes hanger gets purty good signal, may just be the hillbillie in me though. And to attach be sure to use some good duct tape.

    Also change out the stock exhaust tip with a Bud can!
     
  5. Mar 5, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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    Veccster

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    Bump for any additional ideas. I am still getting a weak signal in my 09. The dealership told me they hear that alot.

    It is the non-JBL radio. Anyone try any aftermarket products? Is there an aftermarket antenna replacement that would receive a better signal?
     
  6. Mar 5, 2009 at 1:25 PM
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    wiscdave

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    good luck, I have the same problem. Try crutchfield or google.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    My 08 gets pretty weak reception too.
     
  8. Mar 7, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    sooner07

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    I'd suggest checking the connection behind the HU. The stock wire can be stretched pretty tight, so it could possibly come loose.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM
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    I noticed about a week after I bought my truck that the antenna was a little loose. As far as reception goes though I have picked up radio stations from Tuscon. It has way better reception than my car did.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2009 at 6:03 AM
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    Phantom_X-SP

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    You might want to try this out...sounds like it helped his reception considerably :thumbsup:
     
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