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Old 06-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Antenna help

I posted this in the communications thread but no response yet and I was hoping to order these tonight . The stock antenna has a male end and the 13" offroad one looks to be female . I've read that other jk owners have ordered these . The website says they screw right on . Any info is much appreciated
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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I put mine on yesterday and love it. It comes with aprox 5 different screw adapters.
And no problems with reception.....'11 jk

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Old 06-18-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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Thnx Kelly0 ..thats what i needed to know..im ordering mine now..did you get yours from ebay or ??
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got mine from antennaX.com $14.99 which included the shipping
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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I also got mine from AntennaX.com which you can see in a couple of pictures on my post here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-...ors-98560.html

Works good in the city, reception not as strong as the stock antenna out away from the city.
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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I put one on also. I agree that the reception is not good. I like the look but I am going to search for a better antenna to change it again.

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I put one on also. I agree that the reception is not good. I like the look but I am going to search for a better antenna to change it again.

You won't find a much better antenna than the stock one regarding reception. A quarter wave whip or its approximation is a good antenna. Anything shorter is a compromise....so to speak.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:28 PM   #8
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I have this one

Stubbie Antenna Kit with Black Finish for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

and live in a fairly rural area. No problems with reception. I have the 15".
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I have this one

Stubbie Antenna Kit with Black Finish for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

and live in a fairly rural area. No problems with reception. I have the 15".
I may have to try this one. Thanks.
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I have the Antenna.com model. Have had no problems at all with it. just went on a trip approx 100 mile from radio station with no issues.
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I have this one

Stubbie Antenna Kit with Black Finish for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

and live in a fairly rural area. No problems with reception. I have the 15".
Question, is this steel rod flexible? If not, any concern that a tree branch, for instance, could rip it off easily?
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I can say I've gone through the car wash and its still there.. for what its worth..
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I have the Antenna.com model. Have had no problems at all with it. just went on a trip approx 100 mile from radio station with no issues.
The only issue with a shortened antenna is what happens in the fringe area of the radio station. Just because you were able to travel 100 miles from the radio station doesn't mean that you reached the fringe area. Stations that have their antennas up at a few thousand feet and are transmitting with upwards of 50,000 watts of effective radiated power means that even with a dinky antenna at 100 miles you can still do well. However, add in a competing strong local station and the distant station will be gone or as you travel away, you may have been able to drive 200 miles with the stock antenna vs the 100 miles with the stubby.

The only way to rate an antenna is to see its performance against the standard 1/4 wave antenna measured in decibels. To be a true measure, both antennas would have to be measured against the standard. Most antenna manufacturers who sell snake oil including the ones for the jeep fm antenna or especially CB antennas because there is a lot of money to be made in snake oil will hide the true gain figures for their product. Ham radio operators are mostly informed about snake oil and so antenna manufacturers will usually post the gain of the antenna. But even then, they try to inflate values using "tricks" to get you to spend money on their antenna vs the competition.

The best rule of thumb regarding fm antennas for vehicles is that the antenna that approximates a 1/4 wave antenna would be best. Absent that, the conductor in free space (actual length) being longer (up to 1/4 wave) would have better reception.

So, if you see this type of thread with short antennas, and are wondering if it is for you; you have to evaluate if shortening the antenna from stock is worth the degradation in reception or the price of the shorty when you already have a fine antenna on the jeep.
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Question, is this steel rod flexible? If not, any concern that a tree branch, for instance, could rip it off easily?
This is metal and is not flexible at all. A tree branch could cause a problem if it was big enough.

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