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Old 11-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Is there a "best" stubby antenna?

Hi All,

I've read through several threads regarding the shorter FM antennas but I can't decipher if there is one that stands out as being the best.

I've seen some for upwards of $50 but have been considering the "Billet" 14" from Antennax. I'd just like to know if anyone makes one that is generally regarded as "the best available"? I don't mind paying a bit more, I'm just concerned about the possibility of loosing any reception quality.

I apologize if this has been discussed to death. Most of the threads seem to be people replying that they're either happy or not happy with a certain model. Bottom line, just wondering if there is a hands down "best".

Thanks for the input.

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Old 11-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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I too am curious.

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Old 11-07-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Just gonna bump this once to see if there's an answer out there somewhere.

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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I think no matter what when you cut down the size of the antenna you're going to lose a little bit of the reception quality. I got the antennax about two months ago, and I still get almost as good of reception. The stoplights around here interfere with the antenna for some reason. It did before I swapped the whip for a stubby, and it did on my old Taurus as well. Where I used to pick up some fuzz at stop lights, I now hear a lot more fuzz with the stubby. Doesn't bother me too much.

I still get all the stations I had before, and for the most part, it still sounds the same to me.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding jake. It's the "almost as good of reception" that makes me hesitate. Maybe you're right and any shorty is going to be a sacrifice in reception. I was really hoping there might be a $50-100 option that outperforms the stock one. I'm kinda tired of smacking things. Oh well, I suppose I'll let this thread die a painless death....
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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I would say our $16.99 Off-Road 13 inch will give you the best reception for a shorter antenna. We have noticed anything shorter and reception drops off more. However, our 5 inch does work in most areas with the stronger radio stations and flat terrain. Most people listen to Sirius so they want the look over reception
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For your FM radio, there is no stubby antenna that is going to work worth a crap unless you're downtown surrounded by radio stations. 50+ years of working with antennas for HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies and for the FM frequencies, a rubber duck antenna is barely going to be better than nothing at all.

This is not time I would consider form over function, a stubby antenna would soon prove to be very frustrating when trying to listen to anything but a very local station. No matter what some retailer or advertisement says.
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For your FM radio, there is no stubby antenna that is going to work worth a crap unless you're downtown surrounded by radio stations. 50+ years of working with antennas for HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies and for the FM frequencies, a rubber duck antenna is barely going to be better than nothing at all.

This is not time I would consider form over function, a stubby antenna would soon prove to be very frustrating when trying to listen to anything but a very local station. No matter what some retailer or advertisement says.
^^^ This is the correct answer.

I have the 13" stubby antenna and it doesn't work that well unless you are close to the signal. Otherwise, the signal won't come in unless you direct tune and usually static is present in the signal. I purchased the shorter stubby antenna mainly because i didn't like the look of the big silver antenna and every time i went through the car wash i had to take it off, which was a major pain the rear.

I listen mainly to Satellite radio or Pandora, so i may spend <2% of my time listening to terrestrial radio, so the lack of signal really doesn't affect me at all.
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Actually, I ended up going with the 13" Billet from AntennaX and if anything, my reception has improved. I know, I know....that's simply not possible. But I had decided to pull the trigger because for about a month, stations were coming in really sketchy. Swapped it out and now all is good. Go figure.
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There are but two reasons substituting a 13" antenna could possibly improve reception over the factory anenna... 1) The factory antenna was defective in some manner or 2) the Placebo Effect.
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There are but two reasons substituting a 13" antenna could possibly improve reception over the factory anenna... 1) The factory antenna was defective in some manner or 2) the Placebo Effect.
Umm, I suppose it could be the placebo effect. Would that also explain why my jeep is so much faster with the stubby and why the stereo is now 10x louder?

Honestly...I think there may have been a problem with the factory antenna. But... I'm gonna stick to my story. Wives are funny. New wheels, tires & lift...no problem. 20 bucks on an antenna....problem. Let's just say there had to be a good reason for me to buy it.

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