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Old 12-15-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Finally found one---NEW Antenna

I have a 2009 Unlimited and one items that I have disliked from the start is the HUGE 31 inch radio antenna. I have been having a hard time trying to find a replacement and I finally found one one on eBay from AntennaX. I AM NOT affiliated with the company, just wanted to pass this on since the universals from auto parts stores do NOT fit. It is a 14 inch stainless with black powder coat. I posted some pics so you can see how much shorter it is. NO change in reception.




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Old 12-15-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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Hmmmm. I tried one of those, and my reception was horrid. I ended up sending it back for a refund. Hope you have better luck. The length of the factory one doesn't even bother me, I'd just like it to be black.......

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:20 AM   #3
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Same one I have on mine now.



No problems with reception at all in my area. I've been using their antennas since 2002. Check out my former Red Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback in the Gallery below. I've been a customers of theirs for quite some time.

EBAY Listing Antenna X (Link)

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:47 AM   #4
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I haven't felt any strong urge to change the antenna on the JK, but I did put that same 14" black antenna from AntennaX on an H3 with no problems. Great reception.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:04 AM   #5
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I got one the 8" from here

Jeep Wrangler*Short Stubby Antenna

and the reception sucks. I should of went with the 13".

But it looks real cool
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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Generally speaking, the amount of antenna you have in the air, the better the reception...provided that the antenna impedance at the feed point matches the impedance of the system...therefore...if both a long antenna and short antenna were compared and both properly matched, the longer antenna would produce the better signal. Antennas are usually matched by top loading with capacitance or bottom loading with an inductor (coil) to provide proper matching between the antenna impedance and the feedline impedance. Since this is the realm of the manufacturer, most antennas sold will have proper matching built in to them. In some cases, the last little tweaking is left up to the customer and the instructions with the antenna will say something like: tune this screw for maximum signal. Now the reason you may not notice the difference on the shorter antenna is that compared to the longer antenna, the signal drop may only be about half or about 3db. You would not notice the difference in signal on FM because the signal strength has little to do with fidelity. The only time that you would notice a difference between the two antennas would be in the fringe area of the station that you are listening to. And 3db or even 6db of signal difference between the two antennas will make little noticeable difference. At 10db, the effect will be noticeable. So basically, shorten it too much and it becomes like having almost no antenna at all.

I guess I'll keep my stock one until it breaks. Just hope it doesn't hurt too much.

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