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Shorty antenna - good or not so good?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by RB1, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:18 AM
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    RB1

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    Those of you that have a shorty ... do they actually provide the same reception as the whip antenna?

    Are they all the same or do you have recommendation for a good one?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM
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    831Tun

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    Didn't work for me. I ended up with antenna X 13"
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Ok reception. Mine broke off twice in the full service car wash. Waste of $26 to me. Good luck. D
     
  4. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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    They're ok if you have strong reception. I broke mine wheeling and replaced it with a 13" flexible. Still not as good as the whip but better than the stubby.
     
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  5. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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  6. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    I'd say 80% OEM. The whip is a good clearance checker.

    Ya the Antenna Source stubby will break off in a car wash or can be bent broken if not careful. I wouldn't buy that model again.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    DOGSHIT reception... I drive across the country a lot. If you're not in a major city forget it...
     
  8. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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    JoshuaA

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    Antenna X 13 has some bad reviews, good for you guys?
     
  9. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    I like the shorty antenna I got and can't detect any difference in the reception of it vs the OEM antenna here locally. If I were doing a lot of traveling across country, with long stretches of no channels I like, I would probably just have XM radio but keep the shorty.
     
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  10. Nov 6, 2018 at 9:48 AM
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    It's been fine for me - I think I remembered most of the bad reviews were regarding the antenna post breaking off in the car wash, which I just remove mine before I go through... so...
     
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  11. Nov 6, 2018 at 10:50 AM
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    If radio reception is your priority then stay away from the shorty.
     
  12. Nov 6, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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    There is one shorty that is better quality than the rest. It is a 7” by a company called “Antennamastsrus”. Have had good experience with it.

    They are also making a 13” version similar to the antennaX.
     
  13. Nov 6, 2018 at 11:12 AM
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  14. Nov 6, 2018 at 11:20 AM
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    That’s the one I got and it’s great. No difference in my opinion. And I live in a very rural area.
     
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    It is a results may vary thing. If you live close to the broadcast and in a relatively obstruction free area it won't be bad. If that is not the case then expect disappointment.

    I ran a 12" rubber stubby on my truck, did okay in some areas but even then was nothing compared to stock. I also run a super stubby on my VW, only picks up one station. Tempted to swap to a shark fin but I rarely use FM anyway.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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    The shorty’s are terrible. I purchased on from Amazon. The reception is very spotty. It appears the threads are not long enough to make solid contact the the actual antenna.
     
  17. Nov 6, 2018 at 12:24 PM
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    A third for good choice here. No issues... I like the look is why I got it, as I listen to XM or bluetooth 98% of the time.
     
  18. Nov 6, 2018 at 12:44 PM
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    Had a shorty and went back to stock. Reception not so good
     
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    This is the one I picked up almost a year ago. Reception is almost as good as stock with my test being a 75 mile drive to my mom's.
     
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    that is the one i just bought a few weeks ago and its better than the first shorty i bought its still not the same as stock unfortunately . the HD does not come in all of the time ,it goes in and out of HD
     
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    When you listen to XM do you loose signal under bridge/tunnel?
     
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    I dont have horrible reception but it sure isnt as good as the wip
     
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    that is the one i have and no its NOT as good as the OEM but looks better !
     
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    I haven’t noticed any difference with mine.
     
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    Yep. It can happen with buildings or any other structure that interferes with line of sight.
     
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    Mine does the same. And if I am on the outskirts of town my favorite rock station will not pickup vs the oem one.
     
  30. Nov 6, 2018 at 7:05 PM
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    Nope!
    I live in the mountains and only use the radio for npr/public that repeats throughout the valley, so I have to change station either way depending on where I am to get the same broadcast. Stubby is worse than the hwip, but the old hwip was, loose?, it bent way back under load and bugged me. I like the stubby better!
     
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