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Old 07-27-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Firestik as AM/FM antenna

Yes, I have searched and have read over many threads - even emailed the company but haven't received a response. So, does anyone know if I can use the firestik as a regular antenna, and not CB (I have enough friends already)? Looking to relocate antenna to the rear spar, as I love the look. What would I need if you have done this?

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I used a 2' fire stick for my AM/FM radio, but not relocated like you want to do. I started out with this kit from Qtec:

Quadratec Exclusive JK-ANT - CB Style AM/FM Radio Antenna for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

which gives you a stud, cap an 4' cb styled antenna.

When I installed my CB, I ordered a 2 pack of 2' Firestick antennas from Ebay. Since I had the extra one, I swapped out the CB styled antenna for the 2' Fire stick and it worked fine for me.



I've read that I should have problems, but I never did. If you live out in a rural area, you may have reception problems, especially AM radio, but I never had an issue.

You are going to need the antenna and mount and coax cable (of course) then something like this:

Amazon.com: Truckspec 10feet AM/FM Antenna Coaxial Cable RG-58A/U Coax With PL-259 To Motorola Plug TS-307C: Electronics

The coax is only 10 foot, so you'll probably need an extension. You can use the regulat 18 foot CB Coax with some sort of CB to AM/FM adapter/splitter like this:

Amazon.com : Firestik AR-1A Splitter CB AM FM Radio Audio Stereo Antenna Tuner Match Maker : Electronics

If you are using the stock radio, you'll also need (I think it's this one);

[URL=http://www.amazon.com/Metra-40-EU20-European-Antenna-Adapter/dp/B000329HF4/ref=sr_1_63?ie=UTF8&qid=1374932038&sr=8-63&keywords=jeep+radio+adapter[/URL]

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Vin...thanks so much! This really helps!
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They have adapters in the $20 range for that, if you want a different mount. You're going to end up around $60 with the mount, adapter, and coax, but atleast you can have unlimited options!
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Firestick Article on How To Do

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Im not sure i would do it on the same antenna. If the am/fm coax is even *near* the cb coax, or the wiring near a coax, you get a lot of interesting things happening when you key up. Mostly FM interference.

I used to have a car where i'd key up the mic and i'd have talkback over all the speakers in the car....haha. Caused a lot of feedback problems.
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CB Antenna that screws onto your JK antenna mount

we are coming out with these very shortly. Regarding pricing, what would the JK community pay for a 2ft tall CB antenna (non Firestik brand) that screws onto your stock JK antenna mount? This CB Antenna actually works just like your stock antenna without loosing any stations (even AM) and might actually improve reception in some cases.
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we are coming out with these very shortly. Regarding pricing, what would the JK community pay for a 2ft tall CB antenna (non Firestik brand) that screws onto your stock JK antenna mount? This CB Antenna actually works just like your stock antenna without loosing any stations (even AM) and might actually improve reception in some cases.
I want one! $20-$30?
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I want one! $20-$30?
keep in mind most cb antennas retail for $20 without any connections plus shipping
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after checking out the Quadratec one listed for $62.99:

Quadratec Exclusive JK-ANT - CB Style AM/FM Radio Antenna for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Seems a bit pricey for most of us, and overkill regarding the extra base. So we decided there has to be a simpler / less expensive option for those who want that rugged CB antenna look on their factory antenna mount with a simple screw on installation.
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This CB Antenna actually works just like your stock antenna without loosing any stations (even AM) and might actually improve reception in some cases.
If it helps that's great, I've avoided the stubby antennas because I've heard mixed reports on reception. I listen to AM far to often for local news and local sports, as well as Rush and others.
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If it helps that's great, I've avoided the stubby antennas because I've heard mixed reports on reception. I listen to AM far to often for local news and local sports, as well as Rush and others.
I love my stubby. Picks Up am and satelite great! Some of the fm are a bit faded on occasion, but it's far shorter than the stock. I give the stubby a 93 out of 100.
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after checking out the Quadratec one listed for $62.99:

Quadratec Exclusive JK-ANT - CB Style AM/FM Radio Antenna for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Seems a bit pricey for most of us, and overkill regarding the extra base. So we decided there has to be a simpler / less expensive option for those who want that rugged CB antenna look on their factory antenna mount with a simple screw on installation.
I agree on the cost, but I wanted a longer antenna to mount on the spare tire. However, I have had a stubby for two years and have great reception, but not big on the look. I prefer the longer antennas. I checked antenna x's site first, but no solution for me. I do like the new prototype, and would probably pay up to $35 for it. It is the best looking stock replacement I have seen thus far.
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we are coming out with these very shortly. Regarding pricing, what would the JK community pay for a 2ft tall CB antenna (non Firestik brand) that screws onto your stock JK antenna mount? This CB Antenna actually works just like your stock antenna without loosing any stations (even AM) and might actually improve reception in some cases.
Does very shortly mean by the end of the year?? Price, since $20-30 was shot down, $39.99??
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Does very shortly mean by the end of the year?? Price, since $20-30 was shot down, $39.99??
we just put them up on amazon only for now, $29.99 including free shipping:

CB Replacement AM FM ANTENNA - 2007 thru 2014 Jeep WRANGLER Unlimited JK : Amazon.com : Automotive
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So what else is required to use this as an AM/FM/CB antenna?
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So what else is required to use this as an AM/FM/CB antenna?
ok, it can be done but you would have to get behind the stock radio to add a splitter in the glove box, as well as 2 adapters. see attached pics:
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Where can we get those. Just ordered you antenna and looking for the splinter.
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I don't what it is, what it does, or why I would ever need it but I ordered!!!
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Where can we get those. Just ordered you antenna and looking for the splinter.
splitter:
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Thanks!
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received my antenna X today.. It's exactly the look I wanted. Oh, its functional? Whatever.
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I have the 13inch atenna x on my 13jkus. It looks outstanding. Fm radio isn't as good in my experience this far but i hate fm and never listen to it anyway. Sat radio has no issues at all. Cheap mod at around $16-17 on amazon and couldn't be happier.
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My stock radio gets fairly crappy reception, so I'm more interested in better reception before I start going for looks. But I definitely like the idea.
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The external antenna has nothing to do with Sirius satellite radio or its reception.

CB radio antennas are tuned for 26 to 27 MHz operation. The AM band is 550 to 1700 KHz [.550 to 1.70 MHz]. The FM band is 87.5 to 108 MHz. It may pull in signals, but not well because it is not designed to perform in that application. The AM/FM antenna is already a poor compromise in automobiles and using a CB antenna will only attenuate the available signal strength.

Like offroading on 195/45R16 sized tires, it can be done, just nowhere as well as it could be.
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No car on the market has ever been available with a tuned am/fm antenna. AM and FM are completely different bands and you can't tune one antenna for both. Infact, look at the guys running shorter antennas.

You don't really need a tuned antenna unless you are either transmitting (like with CB), or trying to receive very weak and distant signals.

Look at the amount of power a radio station uses and the distance you can receive them with an ordinary radio. Also, look at cars that have less desirable antenna setups. For example, i have a hyundai santa fe with a rear quarter window that has an antenna in it. Absolutely terrible reception........

A coat hanger would work well as an AM/FM antenna on the wrangler also.
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we are coming out with these very shortly. Regarding pricing, what would the JK community pay for a 2ft tall CB antenna (non Firestik brand) that screws onto your stock JK antenna mount? This CB Antenna actually works just like your stock antenna without loosing any stations (even AM) and might actually improve reception in some cases.
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after checking out the Quadratec one listed for $62.99:

Quadratec Exclusive JK-ANT - CB Style AM/FM Radio Antenna for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Seems a bit pricey for most of us, and overkill regarding the extra base. So we decided there has to be a simpler / less expensive option for those who want that rugged CB antenna look on their factory antenna mount with a simple screw on installation.

Oh if only you had this in 2010 before I bought the Quadratec kit. Not to mention the QT Kit is closer to a 4 foot antenna.
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received my antenna X today.. It's exactly the look I wanted. Oh, its functional? Whatever.
looks awesome, how is the reception for you?
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Got my antenna x today. Looks great! Reception at home is good, have not tried it on the road yet.
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About my reception... I have a unique situation: I failed with an aftermarket stereo install while using an Antenna X short stubby. My AM/FM reception was killed. I haven't had time yet to fix the stereo's radio connection. This longer AM/FM/CB antennaX has really helped me get some reception back, but it can't undo my initial mistake.

I can tell my reception will be perfect once my lazy ass opens the dash back up and fixes the problem.

So, sorry I can't give an accurate review.

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