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Stubby Radio Antenna

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Sprig, Jul 7, 2021.

  1. Jul 7, 2021 at 2:39 PM
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    Sprig

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    I’m thinking of replacing my radio antenna with a short/stubby one. The one that came with the truck broke off in a car wash recently. (I usually remove it when going thru a car wash but forgot last time). Any information on them? Do they work as well as the long antennas? Any brands better than others? Any recommendations?
     
  2. Jul 7, 2021 at 2:48 PM
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    outxider

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    I swapped both the trucks' antenna out to this and honestly reception loss isn't very much for me to noticed however I rarely listen to the radio.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721Z75Q9?ie=UTF8

     
  3. Jul 7, 2021 at 4:25 PM
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    I haven't came across a stubby that perform as well as the OEM. You will notice a loss in reception. My eBay TRD stubby antenna is somewhere at the bottom of my glovebox after having installed only 2 days. You are better off trimming a little off the OEM versus running a stubby antenna. Doesn't matter though if you don't listen to AM/FM radio.
     
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  4. Jul 7, 2021 at 4:29 PM
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    Never listen to the radio so I don't know about reception but I have a black .50 BMG antenna that I love. Had for quite a while and has held up good.
     
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    Thanks for asking this due to the responses below!

    Thanks for these replies to the OP. Mine was broke off also and I had been looking at a bunch of stub antennas, but the reception on them all seemed to be bad. I’ll give this a shot!
     
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    Since they aren’t expensive I’m going to buy one and try it. If I don’t like it I’ll just put the OEM one back on. I listen to mostly SiriusXM but I do occasionally listen to AM and FM. And I do have a small plastic wrench made for the antenna that I can quickly remove it. I just forgot this one time and the wash broke it off. Thanks all for the input.
     
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  9. Jul 7, 2021 at 8:37 PM
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    Tried one of those cool looking black 7-inch stubby antennas. After a couple months replaced the "cool looking antenna" due to very marginal AM & FM reception. For best AM or FM reception, hard to beat OEM on my JBL unit.
    However, it doesn't matter much if you don't listen to AM/FM radio.
     
  10. Jul 7, 2021 at 8:40 PM
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    I have a TRD branded stubby, it loses reception 10-20 miles before the oem antenna on the local stations I listen to. I never listen to FM though, so it dosent matter.
     
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  11. Jul 8, 2021 at 9:00 AM
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    Optimum reception is based on wavelength of the freq of the station is broadcasting on. The OEM is 30.5" which is a quarter-wave whip for American radio stations. Any thing shorter will be less (coil is a trick to get shorter), a half-wave would be better but twice as long.
    PS I'm a retired Broadcast engineer.
     
  12. Jul 8, 2021 at 5:05 PM
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  13. Jul 8, 2021 at 5:59 PM
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    Say I want to get my favorite station 90.1 FM KPFT as far out as possible. Based on your advice would I be well served to construct a 61" whip antenna?

    That doesn't seem all that long to me. I could mount it on the rear bumper.
     
  14. Jul 8, 2021 at 7:06 PM
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    yes go ahead you will love it, put a flag on it too, why stop there, go full wave-length-122"
     
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