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Old 05-17-2017, 10:37 PM
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Snubby Antennas & Reception

Today I installed a .50BMG snubby antenna on my JKU (pic below). I thought it would be a great addition to my Punisher theme.

I know some of you out there are going to say "But you are going to lose radio reception if you use a stubby antenna!"

To those people I say "What the f*** is radio??? Is that something old people listened to before Sirius and Streaming?"
(Yes, I know I used the same joke twice today. Either pay for me to have writers or live with it.)

I was wondering who else runs a snubby antenna and how is your radio reception. I never listen to mine but i tried it out today and seem to have pretty good reception. I live close to the city though.



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I just swapped out the stock antenna with a 13" stubby on my 2016 JKU and experienced some slight dip in reception in the suburbs, but I dial into AM/FM so seldom that I'd still make the swap without hesitation.
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Bottom line is that SIZE MATTERS! If you are close to the stations you listen to, you'll be fine. Get 20+ miles away and a stubby won't cut it. I had one about the length of the OP and signal faded fast as distance increased.

I went to a 20" version and it was better, but still not as good as the full length version. I stuck with it, because I also rarely listen to FM radio.
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Size does matter when it comes to antennas, so you will almost certainly have some reception issues.

But who cares? You don't listen to FM/AM radio much any way and that Snubby looks really cool. So for you in this instance, it's better to look good than to be good.
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I like the fact that I don't get a bill from FM radio... Unlike sirius XM. To each their own.
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That's cool looking. I thought about changing mine but I rarely even notice the antenna anyway so I never have changed it.
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If you don't listen to radio, the AM/FM variety, then why do you even have an antenna?
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I think I'll put on a shorty very soon. It turns out that with XM and Spotify (as has been mentioned) I can't remember the last time I used radio.

And (TODAY!) with the inauguration of Sirius channel 18 (The BEATLES!) the chance of me listening to radio ever again is virtually zero!
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If you don't listen to radio, the AM/FM variety, then why do you even have an antenna?
This was my thought
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I have the 130 radio, so my options are sort of limited (don't mind too much), but I did switch to a stubby antenna, and I lost reception on most of my seek/scan...

Most times I can still get signal if I use presets or manually adjust frequency.

I kinda like the look of the stubby, but due to performance, I have reverted back to stock antenna...
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Stubby Antenna

I recently installed a stubby (7" or 8") antenna just to get OEM whip out of the way. There is an occasional change in reception in different areas, but I like the fact that I don't even see the antenna anymore while driving.
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I changed mine out to a 12" Billet stubbie for $24. I like how this one is metal & not rubber. No change in reception for me & one of my favorite stations is 90 miles away.
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I've noticed a significant drop in AM radio reception with the stubby. FM was more or less ok, but I ended up going back to the stock (I think it's pretty awesome -- reminds me of the old days).
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I went with a 13" antenna and reception is pretty bad but I live in the mountains. I mostly listen to XM or stream from my iPhone anyway. XM even has issues but is good on the highways.
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Today I installed a .50BMG snubby antenna on my JKU (pic below). I thought it would be a great addition to my Punisher theme.



I know some of you out there are going to say "But you are going to lose radio reception if you use a stubby antenna!"



To those people I say "What the f*** is radio??? Is that something old people listened to before Sirius and Streaming?"

(Yes, I know I used the same joke twice today. Either pay for me to have writers or live with it.)



I was wondering who else runs a snubby antenna and how is your radio reception. I never listen to mine but i tried it out today and seem to have pretty good reception. I live close to the city though.





Link for that one? I was shopping for those on Amazon. Would love to know which one is correct.


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Link for that one? I was shopping for those on Amazon. Would love to know which one is correct.


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Today I installed a .50BMG snubby antenna on my JKU (pic below). I thought it would be a great addition to my Punisher theme.

I know some of you out there are going to say "But you are going to lose radio reception if you use a stubby antenna!"

To those people I say "What the f*** is radio??? Is that something old people listened to before Sirius and Streaming?"
(Yes, I know I used the same joke twice today. Either pay for me to have writers or live with it.)

I was wondering who else runs a snubby antenna and how is your radio reception. I never listen to mine but i tried it out today and seem to have pretty good reception. I live close to the city though.



I live about 1/2 hour outside DC and run the same antenna, was able to get DC radio station just fine around town and on highway to DC.....But like you don't listen to radio just testing to see what it would sound like.
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I went with a 13" antenna and reception is pretty bad but I live in the mountains. I mostly listen to XM or stream from my iPhone anyway. XM even has issues but is good on the highways.

I went with the 13" as well and I am also in the Mountains. And there's definitely a difference, but it looks good enough to stay and I stream most of the time so I can get my bluegrass music.
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But... how do you know when you're about to tap something with the Jeep's roof when driving in a low space??

Seriously - that's the only reason I keep my stock antenna. If I see it move, I know I'm at risk.

I have to park in really tight underground parking garages sometimes - and I've learned that the clearance signs are NOT accurate.
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After 15 years of Sirius/XM I am done with them. Free Radio and streaming for me.

I was amazed how many good radio stations there are now for free.
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After 15 years of Sirius/XM I am done with them. Free Radio and streaming for me.

I was amazed how many good radio stations there are now for free.
I went the same route. Streaming over bluetooth was better quality than my Sirius anyhow.
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I went with a 21-inch black Stubbie. Very happy with the reception.

As far as Sirius, other than playing with it a little whenever it came with a rental car, I never truly experienced it until I bought my most recent Wrangler and had the time to compare it to HD Radio, Bluetooth and USB. Very disappointing sound quality. I've since read it's due to their low broadcast bit rate.

Didn't bother to try to have my "free" year of Sirius switched to my aftermarket HU. I wouldn't listen to it even if it really were free. Hell, I'm not sure I'd listen to it if Sirius paid me. Guess it depends on the money.
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I just swapped out the stock antenna with a 13" stubby on my 2016 JKU and experienced some slight dip in reception in the suburbs, but I dial into AM/FM so seldom that I'd still make the swap without hesitation.
I have one like that, and my reception did suffer. Most of the time I have Sirius/XM, so it's no big deal. I just live with it, because I had the OEM antenna bend over too many times on the trail.

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