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#1 paulaldo

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:17 AM

I have seen that you can make your orginal ariel into a stubby one. By putting the rubber end into boiling hot water for about 5 minutes .Then you just pull the end off cut it to lenght you want then put the end cap back on job done.I have tryed this but i cannt get the end cap off.Iam doing this right

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:26 AM

I'm gussing the idea is that the heat loosens the glue holding the tip on. What are you using to pull on the tip. Does it feel hot?

How stubby are you going? Do you do much country driving as you may find reception not existent.

I would suggest not going any less than between 16-20 cm minimum (this is in the range of 1/16th of the 88-10Mhz).

If its purely asthetics I'm pretty sure stubbies can be had on ebay for less than a tenner, that way if it doesn't perform you still have the original (which is worth more in its un alterd state).

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

the rubber isnt that easy to get off i did it with some spares i had i left the rubber in for 20mins then had to use some force to pull it off.be careful cutting the ariel splits easily i did 3 one worked 1 split the ariel and 1 snapped trying to get the rubber off pulling the copper wire out.the reception was rubbish 5quid bought a universal one that has proper reception

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

I tried a Ford licensed Richbrook stubby ariel on mine. Te reception was that poor I put the original back on. I guess it is the length it is for a reason.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

i got a decent reception with mine it has an extra screw on section so that you can extend it if you wish

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:22 PM

i got a decent reception with mine it has an extra screw on section so that you can extend it if you wish

Thats a good idea, and will allow you to adjust depending on the reception in your area. Ours is pretty poor, so need all the help it can get.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

it was only 7quid a black stubby with the universal fittings and the extension piece. i keep the extension in the car if the receptions poor but its amplified so its good as is

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 11:12 PM

The rubber on my aerial was starting to split where it screws onto the base, so seeing the Richbrook stubby antenna listed in the club shop I thought that would do the trick nicely.

 

Fitted easily enough on the DAB type base and looks ok but FM reception is pretty much pants :( - will just try a couple more stations as my usual one did have poor signal in some places but it's miles worse now. Can't comment on it's use for DAB as I've got a different head unit now.



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 07:09 AM

aerial length is designed around wave length, all sorts of considerations are used to make an aerial and size can make a huge difference.

I perfect aerial for fm should be about 3m long but these can be divided in to chunks

1/4, 1/2, 5/8, full-wave

other tricks can be used like dipole or doubling up within the aerial.

lobbing off a random amount might be ok if you live in a strong signal area but could equally trash it

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 02:58 PM

What he said :D

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 06:57 PM

aerial length is designed around wave length, all sorts of considerations are used to make an aerial and size can make a huge difference.

I perfect aerial for fm should be about 3m long but these can be divided in to chunks

1/4, 1/2, 5/8, full-wave

other tricks can be used like dipole or doubling up within the aerial.

lobbing off a random amount might be ok if you live in a strong signal area but could equally trash it

Vaguely remember aerial length and wavelength being linked, from my long ago time in higher education.

 

So far Radio 2 is ok but Real XS ain't so good compared to the standard antenna. Will see how it goes and if needed I'll just get a new Ford jobbie instead.



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:56 PM

I currently have a stumpy aerial on mine, as the original was broke. Reception is crap, will be getting a full size one again soon.


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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:39 PM

Guess I've scuppered any chance of selling mine in the classifieds now  :rolleyes:



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:40 PM

:D

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 11:00 PM

How about I advertise it as a 'Show Aerial'?

 

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