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Universal Antenna

Hideaway AM/FM car antenna

Item # 12044UA20

Have a broken antenna? Replace it with this universal hideaway model that plugs right in to most factory radios or...

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Have a broken antenna? Replace it with this universal hideaway model that plugs right in to most factory radios or...

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About the Universal Antenna

Have a broken antenna? Replace it with this universal hideaway model that plugs right in to most factory radios or all aftermarket car stereos. It delivers a strong, static-free signal and, thanks to its slim, hideaway design, it won't hog space on your dash. Installation is minimal, and leaves your hood with a clean, uncluttered look.

Have a broken antenna? Replace it with this universal hideaway model that plugs right in to most factory radios or all aftermarket car stereos. It delivers a strong, static-free signal and, thanks to its slim, hideaway design, it won't hog space on your dash. Installation is minimal, and leaves your hood with a clean, uncluttered look.

The antenna wire has a standard male Motorola plug on one end, and includes a wire to connect to your stereo's power antenna turn-on lead. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: You might need an antenna adapter and tools to connect this antenna to your car's factory radio. Call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to make sure you get the right parts for your vehicle.

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What's in the box:

  • Universal amplified hideaway antenna (has 8.75' antenna cable with male Motorola connector)
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • Tube of Glue
  • 4 Plastic antenna cable mounts

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Crutchfield customer from Alexander City, AL on 4/14/2019

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Was a good choice

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Greg from Bradenton, FL on 10/23/2018

1998 Jeep Cherokee

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This item did the trick, good reception , and ground to your body. It works even better

Pros: Mounting

Cons: Use constant or ignition power and not for a novice

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Crutchfield customer from Mount Pleasant, NC on 7/1/2018

1984 GMC C Series

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Worked significantly worse than factory 80's Gm windshield antenna. No matter where it was positioned.

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Crutchfield response on 7/2/2018
We're sorry you're having issues with your antenna. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Smithfield, VA on 6/24/2018

2017 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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Will not even receive any stations in my area except a Christian station about 1/2 Mile away.

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Aaron B from Austin, TX on 6/11/2018

2002 Pontiac Firebird

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Great product. Works well. Easy to install.

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Ralph from Plano, TX on 5/1/2018

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe

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installed system and just put the reciever on the dash and it still would not pickup a signal. the original antenna worked better even verified that the receiver was connected to 12vdc with a volt meter and it was still worse that the original.

Pros: none

Cons: none

Crutchfield response on 5/2/2018
Ralph contacted our Customer Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Great reception

kirk from New Milford, NJ on 4/22/2018

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This was for my Polaris rzr that we put the stage 2 system in . Bought this antana because we are in the mountains and hard to get any radio with a little placement adjustment it works great I wanted this power unit to get better reception. Works

Pros: Pulls in stations in hard to receive areas

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Culebra, PR on 3/6/2018

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Continual search and will not stop on station

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Crutchfield response on 3/7/2018
Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team right away. They can help you solve your reception problem and or get a replacement antenna on the way immediately. We forwarded this review to our Tech Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 11/4/2017

2005 Chevrolet SSR

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Doesn't bring in stations much better. Some stations not as good.

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Crutchfield response on 11/14/2017
We're sorry you're disappointed with your antenna. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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great for a hidden ant

john from Bensalem, PA on 10/29/2017

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great ant

Pros: picks up stations easly

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Huntington Beach, CA on 9/8/2017

2007 Hyundai Azera

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Antenna made a huge difference in the FM reception. Just installed it behind the dash. Works good in my 2007 Hyundai Azera. Mike

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Crutchfield customer from Clemmons, NC on 7/12/2017

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Not able to hide this very well, needs to be mounted high as I can get it to get service and if you rob 12v power from some where is will mess up the service.

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John from Orlando, FL on 3/22/2017

2004 Volvo XC90

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Bad reception with this antenna. Local radio stations continually go in and out. Unfortunately, not a good antenna.

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Crutchfield response on 3/27/2017
John, we're sorry you're having problems with your reception. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the antenna working correctly. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Jim from Texas on 3/12/2017

2009 Toyota Camry

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It was away to install works great

Pros: It was easy to install

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Castleton On Hudson, NY on 1/29/2017

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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no noticeable change at all

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Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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Junk product

Crutchfield customer from Sacramento, CA on 11/9/2016

2001 Acura Integra

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Piece of junk. Do not buy it. Made of flimsy, cheap plastic. The bottom was cracked. Cheap double-sided tape does not hold at all. No difference between having this piece of junk connected and just having no antenna at all.

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Cons: Flimsy, cheap, junk, worthless

Crutchfield response on 11/17/2016
Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the antenna working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Good reception, when it's a clear view

Patrick from San Francisco, CA on 9/17/2016

1992 Acura Legend

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I replaced the stock Bose system in my dad's acura which he left to me, major pain in the butt because the Bose system is designed specifically with the Acura architecture in mind. Spent a lot of time finding this out. I had this antenna installed and it works, but it fell off of the back window several times, and now it looks like it's falling apart. It also doesn't seem to get good reception near mountains or tall building, and I thought this was a stronger antenna than the typical post antenna.

Pros: Kind of works

Cons: Unit isn't very durable and doesn't stick to the rear window for very long, reception seems to be good as long as it's a clear view, which doesn't make sense to me.

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Just what I needed.

Kel from Baton Rouge, LA on 7/13/2016

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

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Exactly what I was looking for. Works great (appropriately located of course). Very pleased with the prompt shipping...Thanks

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Steve from Miami, FL on 6/17/2016

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A friend recommended this antenna as radio reception is an issue where I live and work. I was delighted to find that it worked perfectly and I am now able to get all of the radio stations that I could not get with a conventional antenna. I was also happy that this antenna fit under my plastic roof on my 2016 John Deere Gator and won't get torn off as my previous one did. GREAT PRODUCT AND GREAT PRICE!!!

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hide away antenna on 06 nomad 1600

mike d from Appleton, WI on 4/12/2016

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mounted on my fairing but didn't work. I replaced my radio ( Dual x1225 cheapy )....works 100%. I grounded the radio since its in fiberglass. stations across the band from in the garage. totally impressed. had my doughts. i'm the guy that usually buys this stuff & gets burned. well i did with the first crap radio.

Pros: looks good,really works, low cost.

Cons: i questioned it being so inexpensive & was proved wrong.

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Junk

Mike_Stang from New Jersey on 10/26/2015

2006 Ford Mustang

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Absolutely a piece of junk. Dont Waste Your Money! I bought this to eliminate my antenna, unfortunately this unit doesn't work and I mean not even a little bit. I get no reception at all, it's as if there's no antenna at all. I can't believe Crutchfield actually sells this garbage. Extremely disappointed!!

Pros: Pros?? Nothing positive about this junk

Cons: No reception, cheap product, don't waste your money like I did!!

Crutchfield response on 10/27/2015
Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Don from New York on 9/28/2015

2011 Toyota RAV4

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My radio reception had disappeared due to a hungry rodent. The stealership quoted $550 to replace the antenna cable, which leads to a shark fin antenna on the roof. Ordered this and was able to install in about an hour with the help of tech support at Crutchfield. Reception is decent. It is not CD quality, but it never was with the original either. My wife is pleased to have a working radio again.

Pros: My factory radio works again.

Cons: None

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Marginal performance, poor mounting

Brian from Maryland on 7/27/2015

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After purchasing a vehicle with no radio ability, we replaced the head unit and found no improvement. Our installer then recommended this universal antenna and installed it for us. It was routed around the dash, through the A-pillar, and mounted behind the rear view mirror on the windshield. The install was clean and nearly invisible. After installation, we had radio again! However, not very high quality signal. We couldn't get many HD stations and numerous stations that we should be getting were just static. The real pain is that after four weeks the antenna fell off its included adhesive. This left it dangling by the cable (luckily ran through the windshield body trim so it hung around the mirror). I stuck it back on and within two weeks fell again. I took it to our installer who removed the adhesive, cleaned, and reinstalled with a fresh strip. Three weeks later it fell off again. We've since purchased a black EZ-Pass holder with suction cups to hold it up. It's no longer as invisible, but at least stays up.

Pros: Gets radio signals Easy to install Cheap

Cons: Not as strong as an OEM antenna Poor adhesive backing

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Great replacement for broken antennas

Dylan19 from Illinois on 6/29/2015

1998 BMW M3

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This product is perfect for when a connector on your factory antenna may break. I tried to order a factory replacement for my car when it broke and then decided this was the much better option.

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Just what I needed

Kim from Massachusetts on 6/11/2015

2014 Honda CRV

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My antenna snapped off of my Honda CRV, the dealer wanted $500.00 to replace it. I ordered this universal remote and it was just what I needed... Cannot beat this price...

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Don't buy

Tom from Marysville Ca on 5/26/2015

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Didn't work. Pulled in stations in the 103 freq. range. Had to hold finger on it to get bet reception. Kinda hard to drive that way. Reception would cut out when ever there was movement in car. Even the stations that it pulled in were not clear. Not worth buying

Pros: Easy install

Cons: Didn't work.

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Steve G. from renton wa on 4/19/2015

1988 Ford Mustang

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Perfect product! Crystal clear reception like advertised. Would recommend to anyone needing this style product.

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JLB from California on 2/16/2015

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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I installed this antenna with high hopes but it just didn't work worth a darn so I returned it.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Did not improve reception quality at all.

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tallerpaul from Kempner, TX on 10/27/2014

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Great FM reception; AM reception is non-existent. Tried several places i.e. under the dash, under the hood, behind the grill all to no avail. Finally by placing the unit in the A Pillar (beside the windshield) I was able to get very good FM reception. Never was able to pull in a single AM station.

Pros: Great for FM.

Cons: Terrible for AM.

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Ben from Norristown pa on 10/6/2014

2003 Ford Focus

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awesome product easy install and great reception. Very good quality for the money. Thanks Crutchfield!

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Do not buy

Matt from New Orleans, la on 7/26/2014

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Don't waste your money!

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Not the greatest.

Nick T from Downingtown, PA on 6/16/2014

1993 Subaru Impreza

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This antenna will work great if you want to mount it inside your window. Otherwise it's useless. When I installed it, there was no signal when mounted under the dash. Even when it does get signal it is weak.

Pros: Delete factory ugly antenna

Cons: Signal is bad and can't actually hide it away.

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Bud from Hampstead, Maryland on 6/8/2014

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I installed a second audio system in one of my storage area on my RV for tailgating. I needed an antenna that I move if needed. I use Velcro and have three different mounting stations I can use. This antenna is perfect for my application and works very well.

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Brennan from Downers Grove Il. on 3/27/2014

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Installed on a ezgo golf cart for a friend. Wish I knew about the product when I was installing radio in my own cart. Gets better reception and looks better on cart.I read some of the other ratings. I would try grounding the radio better on your installations. Thank for you time Mike

Pros: EZ Install

Cons: No instructions provided

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Horrible Reception

José from Elko, NV on 3/2/2014

1965 Ford Mustang

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I bought this antenna for my classic Mustang that does not have an antenna hole on the fender. I still have the original AM radio and simply wanted to get one or two stations when I drive. I mounted the antenna behind the glove box and can only get reception if I am holding the antenna which is not realistic. I would not recommend this item to anyone.

Pros: Easily to install.

Cons: Does not work.

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Great Product

Anthony F. from New York, NY on 11/24/2013

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Installed this antenna with a Kenwood HD radio and it worked and sounded great. Just plug it in and power one wire and it's ready to go.

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Hideaway Reception!

Hernac from Palmetto Bay, FL on 10/16/2013

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Poor reception

Pros: Cost, easy to install

Cons: Poor reception

Crutchfield response on 10/22/2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Don't buy!

T from Santa Rosa, CA on 7/1/2013

1986 Toyota Pickup

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installed this in my 86' Toyota pick-up and I get 3 radio stations!! don't even get AM which is why I wanted it in the 1st place..... NO baseball!! looking at finding an original hookup. Don't waste your time.... Maybe if my truck was metal this would work???

Pros: NONE

Cons: install tape doesn't stick, Bad reception, cheap plastic

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Universal Mast- less Antenna

Draper's Auto & Cycle Eng. from Martinsville, VA on 6/10/2013

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The product itself was great but lacked installation instruction and the glue that was supplied was hard. It did what I wanted it to do which was eliminate the damaged mast antenna. Great Value! Thanks, Mike D

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Crutchfield customer from minneapolis, MN on 5/11/2013

1974 Dodge Charger

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after installing it and trying it out, I unhooked it and used the factory one, which was pretty bad, but still better than this thing.

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Crutchfield response on 5/14/2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Evan from Chicago, IL on 3/19/2013

2006 Hyundai Sonata

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This is the worst product I have ever bought at Crutchfield. $ piece of trash. I bought it so that my radio reception would improve, but it did the exact opposite. The factory antenna on my car is 10 times better than this one, and it isn't good to begin with. Also remember to hook this up to ignition power, and not constant power. You may think it does not pull much power cause it barely works, but it will drain your battery.

Pros: It looks decent when installed.

Cons: The overall radio reception, which is the most important part of an amplified antenna.

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Junk

Raymond from So Cal on 2/18/2013

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Extremely poor reception, low quality. I threw it in the trash

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Horrible

Coakley from Burlington, NC on 1/24/2013

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This antenna is horrible!!!!!! Do not buy it. It is not worth the money at all. I put it in my convertible to shave my antenna off the car. With the top down and the antenna literally in my hand waving it around trying to pick up reception, all I get it a couple fuzzy stations. I definitely hooked it up correctly. Do not get this believe me.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: No reception at all

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Crutchfield customer from Chalfon, PA on 1/14/2013

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I had trouble with my current antenna that is hidden in the windshield. I utilized this hidden antenna. It does not work well when hidden under the dash. Too many other wires and it picks up interference. When I placed the antenna on the upper portion of the windshield it picks up the reception. The reception is still not as good as an antenna of the mast style.

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Not Good

Mike from MI on 12/24/2012

2000 Ford F-150

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Reception is not good at all, I actually went down to the Ford dealership and ordered a stock part to fix my radio because this did not do the job. Would not recommend this to anyone. I have never been so disappointed in an aftermarket part.

Pros: Easy Installation

Cons: Did not fix problem Poor reception

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REP from Myrtle Beach, SC on 12/18/2012

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I installed this in a Golf Car. Was and easy installation. Just plugged it into the back of the CD/Radio, hooked up the 12 volt power line and it was working fine.

Pros: Easy install in my aplication.

Cons: No instructions. Came with some small plastic parts that looked like they were to hold the wires, but couldn't figure out how they could hold the wires without glueing them to each other. I didn't use them, just tie wraped them.

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poor reception

shane from bailey, co on 11/26/2012

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

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i guess if you had no other choice on a show car or other application you would use it, factory antenna had much better reception

Pros: easy install, hides well

Cons: poor am and fm reception

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Tom from Maumee, OH on 9/30/2012

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OK but not great.

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Joe F from Boston on 9/2/2012

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perfect at on the gold wing no static and its powered

Pros: fits nice in inside of windshield

Cons: non

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seems to do the job

tominco from Colorado on 9/1/2012

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My Outback's antenna was broken and was a nightmare to try and replace/repair, plus I was quoted over $200 to have someone else do it. So for $25, I thought I'd give this a try. It works well (does fine on a weak NPR station ~60 miles away), and wasn't too hard to install ( a couple of leisurely hours, mostly spent identifying the powered antenna wire from the radio and routing the new antenna wire behind the dash). I would have liked the wire to be a little longer, so I could have installed it on the passenger cargo window, rather than the windshield. By the way, there are no instructions of any kind. Just plug the antenna into the radio and hook the other wire up to the +12V normally used for a power antenna.

Pros: Cheap solution for difficult or expensive to repair antenna. Works well.

Cons: Longer wire would have been nice.

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DICK from BALDWIN CITY KS on 7/26/2012

2001 Toyota Corolla

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Functions just as advertised. Easy instillation with very good istructions. Suggest mounting the unit as high as possible. I could not access the top of the glove compartment so I installed it on the nearest flat surface at the same height. The adhesive surface was a bit iffy so I removed it and used E-6000 glue instead.

Pros: Vastly enhanced reception in a very rural area with no "good" stations nearby.

Cons: None

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Location is crucial, as high as possible

SeanG from San Diego, CA on 10/6/2011

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The ideal place for this antenna is in the upper right windshield above the passenger. It is hardly noticeable there and gets the best possible reception. I installed it myself in 20 minutes without any experience, I just ran and tucked the wire into the soft molding along the C pillar in front of the passenger door, went under the passenger footwell under the floormat and up under the plastic airvent behind the radio. Popped the radio out, pulled out the old antenna connection (I needed an adapter to go from my Kenwood radio to the antenna cable) and inserted the new one. Tied the 12v to one that was labeled "P Cont" (I assumed it meant Power Continuous), popped the radio back in and I was done. Reception for my HD radio is strong so far. My only worry is if I was supposed to find a wire that was labeled 12v because I couldn't find one ;-)

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Much better reception

Ron R from CT on 9/9/2011

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Improved the FM reception of the factory radio in our 2003 Honda Pilot a great deal. The wire was long enough to run up the windshield post, then over the windshield to the center. Simple 12v connection wire. We've owned this SUV for 8 years and have never had such good radio reception. My only question is why the online catalog says that this item won't fit my vehicle? [Editor's Note: This is a universal antenna and not listed as a "fittable" item in our Vehicle Guide.]

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Just Bad

home from jonesboro, ga on 9/28/2010

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I have used two products make by Merto and both were terrible.

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mappy0ne from Douglas, MA on 9/5/2010

2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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For an antenna that is supposed to boost FM/AM signal, it is not doing a very good job. I get marginal FM signal and no AM signal at all and I live within 45 miles from Boston, Massachusetts which is a major metropolitan with many FM stattions. I guess it is better than NOT getting any reception. I tried every location on my 2000 Mercedes Benz S500 even on the outside of the vehicle but the reception is marginal at best. The best reception is when I'm holding the cable in my hand go figure. It would have been better to pay myself and be a human antenna. Over all I am NOT 100 satisfied and would not recommend this product to anyone.

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Duane from Indiana on 8/25/2010

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The antenna is ok. I have installed it on my Harley Dresser under the fairing and it doesnt pick up as good as I had hoped. I am going to relocate it later to see if it gets better reception then. For the price though I cant complain.

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Fixed my poor rec on my hd radio

Crutchfield customer from milwaukee wi on 5/26/2010

2007 Nissan Altima

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This product rocks. I wrote a review on the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 titled poor radio rec killed my 5 star rating because the radio rec with my 07 altimas weak rear window antenna was not getting me much radio rec. So i bought this antenna even though it was said not to fit my car which crutchfirld was right . i had to do some slight wiring mods to get it to work..WELL WORTH THE EFFORT. I got ALL the milwaukee fm/am radio stations back that i lost and gained some that i did not know were out there. HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone that has had radio rec problems after installing an aftermarket hd radio. The nice thing about this to the size of the antenna box part is only about 6 inches long and i hid it on the top part of my windshield right in front of the rear view mirror. cant really tell from the driver seat that its even there. I tucked the wire under my headliner and ran it down the inside door molding under the dash right into the back of my radio. Only took about an hour stat to finish.

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eric from Fort Wayne, IN on 4/13/2010

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Not very good, you pay for what you get. If you want good reception, pay more for a better one. Cord isn't very long either, if you have a custom install and radio isn't mounted in dash.

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I am not happy

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 2/24/2010

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I purchased this antennae to increase reception for AM stations for my motorhome. It actually gets less reception than the original antennae. I will go back to a mast antennae design.

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works great

Ken from Bakersfield, CA on 1/16/2010

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This is what I was looking for. Works as advertised and service with you was super. After my purchase I found this antenna at another site, but the price was twice as much. Thanks

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Worked like a charm

umar from Potomac, Maryland on 5/29/2009

2003 Nissan 350Z

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I had my stereo stolen out of my car and in the process the existing connector for the radio antenna was damaged. I called Crutchfield and the tech recommended this product to use in place of the stock antenna suggesting it will be easier to install this than to try and splice a new connector into the existing wire. I ordered and as usual had it within a couple of days. Installed it with no problem (power lead and the signal lead) and placed it behind the seat nicely hidden away. Works perfectly. I get every radio station I used to get with the stock antenna and have no problems with fuzzy or unclear stations. Highly recommended!

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Perfect Solution

Jennifer from Brevard NC on 5/2/2009

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The power antenna on my 1990 Mazda 626 quit working, and the replacement would have been costly and difficult. This antenna was easy to install, we did have to move it to several different locations on the windshield to find the best reception. Works better than the original equipment

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Definitely works

DON from Maine on 9/9/2008

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I used this on my bass boat radio. For fishing purposes, I cannot have antennas around, so the radio just had a standard wire ant, and I got 25 stations, half of which were sketchy at best. Installed the uni ant, and got 34 stations, all pretty decent- so it works! Both tests were in my driveway so I know it worked better. Install was really easy- I had questions and called the Crutch help line and then I knew how to install it, but then again I have little knowledge of radios, etc. The helpline was great- reason enough to order from Crutch.

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I Don'trecommend

Tom from San Antonio, TX on 6/18/2008

1997 BMW Z3

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After installation, antenna was not strong enough to pull in AM stations. I listen to these for sports broadcasts.

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It's a concealed antenna!

John from Arlington, Va. on 3/8/2008

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I'm a professional auto technician at a local Chevy dealer, with some knowledge of antenna theory. I installed this antenna in my 2002 Ram Air TransAm Convertible. When my power antenna failed, I decided to have my favorite body person shave the hole. I then purchased this antenna, and a Motorola-to-GM antenna lead adapter. Knowing that I cannot mount this antenna on or near any large metal body component (for the metal will absorb the radio signals I want this antenna to recieve), I decided to take a hint from Corvette and mount this antenna inside my driver's mirror (plastic housing). After that, I removed the power antenna 12 volt signal wire wire from the stock radio connector and replaced it with the 12 volt wire that the concealed antenna needs. Then all I needed was to gound the "ring" of the antenna, install the antenna lead adapter, and put everything back together. The result...well, it's a concealed antenna. So, it misses a few FM stations here and there. I picks up stronger FM signals, but they can sometimes be blocked by trees, building or vehicles, since FM signals travel by line-of sight. For what I was attempting to accomplish: give my car a clean look and still enjoy listening to NPR, this antenna has done the work. I would recommend this antenna to anyone who a. knows what they will get from this antenna, and b. knows what they are doing. In other words, don't bash this antenna if it doesn't pick up alien signals from Vega. It won't. But it will work as I have described here.

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Just buy a real antenna

DAVID from Rowland Heights, CA on 12/4/2007

2004 Hyundai Sonata

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I thought it would be cool to have no antenna showing on my car and put the hideaway on the inside of my window. The problem is it looks cool but the reception is really, really bad. I went from great radio reception to almost no reception. Don't even experiment with this because I tried everything to get it to clear up and it does not. Buy another brand or a real antenna.

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Extremely dissapointed!

scifrimusic from Tabernacle, NJ on 9/12/2007

1997 Nissan Pathfinder

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I spent a lot of time to install this antenna correctly to the top, inside of the windsheild. I pulled off trim, pulled out the radio, etc... only to find that my radio reception was actually worse than when I started! Very, very disappointed and unhappy!

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William from Chicago, IL on 7/30/2007

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I would suggest looking at other products. The reception is terrible. I have tried mounting it in several different spots and none of them worked well. I live just outside of the Chicago where you can get radio reception anywhere and the strongest channels only come in 50% of the time. Great concept for a product but not worth the money.

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Charles from Greenville, SC on 6/2/2007

2004 Subaru Outback

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The antenna seems to be directional. I can have a decent signal, make a turn and lose the station. I have it mounted on the dash next to the bottom of the windshield, so it is not obstructed by anything other than glass. A $10 mast type antenna works much better if you have a place to mount it. I do not recommend this product.

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Solved my problem

Michael from Asheville, NC on 8/9/2006

1995 BMW 525I

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I replaced the factory stereo in my 95 BMW, which uses an antenna inside the rear glass that doesn't fit aftermarket decks. I mounted the boxed end on the front glass behind the sun visor. It picks up radio stations better than the factory antenna and is a lot easier to install than drilling a hole in a fender for an outside aerial.

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Donn from New Market, MD on 5/18/2006

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I purchased this for my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon and I am very happy with it. I live further out from DC and Baltimore and drive a lot of back roads over hills and valleys to get to work. I need a radio for traffic reports. I have a shorty antenna but the reception was not good because I live so far from the source. If I was in a valley with a lot trees I barely got reception. So I left the shorty antenna for the appearance and unplugged the antenna cable that lead to it from the back of my Kenwood receiver and replaced it with this universal hideaway antenna I ordered from Crutchfield. I ran the cable through the dash and up the door trim and placed the antenna behind the rear quarter panel trim. It works a lot better than my shorty antenna did and I get reception even in the valleys. Very satisfied.

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Zack from Bradenton, FL on 12/24/2005

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I am a professional installer and purchased this item for my personal vehicle because I planned to shave the mast antenna from the fender of my truck. The total came out to almost $50 after shipping and I was very disappointed with the performance of this antenna. I live in a major radio market and the reception was degraded by about 50% with this antenna installed in any location in the vehicle. I am very unhappy with it.

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Features

Overview: This is a universal amplified antenna that can be used in applications where a conventional telescoping/power antenna is not desired. It is designed for optimum AM/FM reception covering all broadcast radio bands. To install this antenna, no drilling or grounding is necessary (the radio must be properly grounded). The antenna has a self adhesive pad on the bottom of it so that you can mount it in nearly any remote location. There are also 4 plastic antenna cable mounts that you can use to secure the cable in place.

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I did not want to drill a hole in my Classic Chev Fender. [ Baca mike  Apr 24, 2019 ]
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My car does not have an antenna [ David  Jan 21, 2019 ]
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Current factory antenna in car is not working with Recently purchased radio from Crutchfield.. [ JP  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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Factory antenna broke bought this as a replacement [ Jose  Dec 05, 2018 ]
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bad antenna, needed quick fix, hope it works [ Gregory  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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I'm building a Hot Rod and didn't want the antenna showing. [ Robert  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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Money back. [ Larry  Aug 03, 2018 ]
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I bought this for my friend because he needed radio. I also found the installation of a stereo into his K-series GMC truck difficult so purchasing this product is going to make this SO simple. Thanks! [ ROBERT  Jul 10, 2018 ]
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I have a weak windshield antenna in a old Chevy truck. I want to see if it improves reception. [ Mark  Jun 16, 2018 ]
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Because I need an antenna duh [ James  Jun 08, 2018 ]
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cant find original adapter for 2007 audi a4 [ Tony  Jun 07, 2018 ]
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I have a 32 ford coupe with limited space, need a flush mount speaker and do not want an external antenna, want the car to be very streamlined. [ Jeffers  Jun 02, 2018 ]
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Needed AMFM antenna for aftermarket radio for my C6 Corvette [ Lawrence  May 29, 2018 ]
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Better reception [ RALPH  Apr 27, 2018 ]
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Works nice on custom cars if you don't want a nasty antenna sticking out [ Richard  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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Have a 1946 pick up truck, didn't want to mount an antenna [ Richard  Mar 27, 2018 ]
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putting it on a motorcycle and didn't want a antenna to mount to the fairing [ roger  Mar 11, 2018 ]
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Putting it on a motorcycle [ William  Feb 14, 2018 ]
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Putting it inside the fairing of a motorcycle where space is very limited. [ Gordon  Nov 05, 2017 ]
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I'm installing a stereo in a golf cart which has no provision for an antenna. [ SCOTT J  Oct 31, 2017 ]
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It's going in a place where a standard automotive antenna wouldn't work [ Mike  Oct 20, 2017 ]
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To replace stock antenna on my Harley [ PAUL D  Oct 02, 2017 ]
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for my motorcycle. [ S  May 17, 2017 ]
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The price was a lot less than I could buy locally. [ Jeffrey A.  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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Replace broken one. [ Gerald  Mar 10, 2017 ]
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Crutchfield products have good reputation. [ Charles  Feb 04, 2017 ]
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I wanted a clean exterior on my 1975 International Scout. [ Stan  Jan 10, 2017 ]
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good stuff [ richard  Dec 03, 2016 ]
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Removed the factory one [ Ryan  Nov 24, 2016 ]
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Highly recommended product - factory antenna doesn't work so replacing it with this product. [ Kristin  Nov 06, 2016 ]
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price, ease of installation. [ REX F  Sep 01, 2016 ]
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I have a 1972 Datsun Pick-up, which didn't come with a stereo. I installed a CD head unit, and wanted to keep from drilling mounting holes into the body. Saw this and thought it would be perfect. [ CHARLES  Jul 27, 2016 ]
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Liked the technology associated with it. Will try and report. [ Isaac  Jul 12, 2016 ]
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install is in a cj7 jeep with new fenders and did not want to have an external antenna sticking out. [ DEAN  Jul 02, 2016 ]
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Didn't want to drill holes in the hotrod. Used these before and they worked great. [ Jonathan  May 13, 2016 ]
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My Subaru has an antenna that integrated into the rear window. The replacement was $130, and I'm not sure it would even be working correctly. So I got a nice simple replacement. [ Juan  Apr 21, 2016 ]
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i just think this antenna would hide better than the stock one i have. [ Heather  Apr 11, 2016 ]
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6 questions already asked

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Why does this have an additional 12v lead for power antenna? This is not a power antenna.
[ Christopher  May 31, 2019 ]
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It is to amp up the FM signal. This antenna did not work for me. I can't recommend this piece of crap at all.
[ bradley  Jun 09, 2019 ]
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if the length is shortened, will the reception/performance be affected?
[ Tammy  Jul 17, 2018 ]
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I think you can not shortened the length. I don't recommend to attempt to cut the cable. Fold carefully the part of it you don't need, avoiding to break it. I placed it near the visor and it worked very well. Wonderful reception. I hope you enjoy your experience.
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Hey Tammy, I am sorry I did not have a chance to install this device. I instead replaced the audio receiver/cd. I don't think it's a wise idea to shorten or alter the length of the coax, surly you can hide some of the extra length. Hope this helps...Good luck Anthony
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Do you have to mount this on your windshield or can you put it out of sight under the dash somewhere?
[ Donald  May 03, 2016 ]
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BEst reception is outside the vehicle, above rear window is best. Inconspicuous. Or as another mentioned, behind rear view mirror.
[ Tony  Oct 18, 2016 ]
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I used this on our boat. Mounted it inside the glove box and it works very well.
[ Eugene  May 25, 2016 ]
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Mine is mounted under the dash and it works great.
[ Bennie  May 04, 2016 ]
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Is this ddesigned to be left behind the radio face? The way i read that what it sounds like. So I'm wondering if that is correct?
[ mandrew  Jan 17, 2016 ]
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You can mount it where ever you want in the vehicle
[ KYLE  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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it has a long cord to allow you to route it wherever you want. I ran mine across the bottom of the dash and concealed the cord up the passenger side pillar trim and out the top where I attached it to very top corner of the windshield to be as inconspicuous as possible
[ RICHARD  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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Where is this antenna designed to be mounted , inside vehicle or outside ?
[ Chris  Mar 28, 2015 ]
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It is an inside the window install. .I put it above the mirror. Works great and not even noticeable
[ MICHAEL K  Mar 29, 2015 ]
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Looking to use this on a motorcycle that has AM/FM and weather band. Would this work for WB too?
[ Marsha  Jan 25, 2014 ]
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I realize that this question is old enough that the answer will be irrelevant to the one who posted the question, however, in the interest of information for the benefit of posterity, no, this antenna should not work on the Weather (WX) band. The AM broadcast band spans from 530 to 1700 kHz (but who listens to AM anymore?). The FM broadcast band spans from 88 to 108 MHz. These are North American frequency bands. The NOAA Weather Radio frequencies are: 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525, and 162.550 MHz (FM), well above the broadcast spectrum. It is possible that if you are relatively close to one of the NWR transmitters, you could accidentally receive a signal, just as you might with a random length wire, but this antenna will not be an efficient nor reliable NWR receiving antenna, because it is not designed to be resonant at those frequencies.
[ Scott  Dec 18, 2015 ]
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Where are you planning on sticking the end box to?
[ MICHAEL K  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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I regret to report that this device did not work in my 2002 BMW Harmon Kardan sound system. I received a refund from Crutchfield.
[ MARTHA  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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yes this worked well on my off road vehicle
[ JEREMY  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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I am not sure if it will work with the weather band. We only use it for AM/FM.
[ MARIO  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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