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Radio reception with glass imbedded antenna

I find the radio reception to be poor in comparison to a conventional rooftop antenna. I like the streamlined look. I used to have a New Gen Chevrolet equinox with a 12" antenna which was great and a full-length antenna mast on my jeep hood.

I know Sub has been using this for years. What do you guys find?
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I think the reception on my 05 Outback isn't as good as my reception on my 95 SVX with a power mast antenna. But, that car also had a better/newer radio than my 05 has (which I cannot replace because of the auto a/c).
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No problems with my 2003 with the mirror antenna.

Well, except that blown speaker I've yet to get around to replacing...

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fairly strong signals in my area so, even the college station that seems to have a 40watt lightbulb for an antenna comes in OK most of the time.

I have heard 2 things that might relate to folks who seem to have problems;

some tint films may have enough metallic coating to interfere with good reception.

And I believe there is an amplifier/repeater in the line somewhere from the antenna - that might get compromised - or an aftermarket radio may not 'support' it with the right connection/voltage w'ever.

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No problems with my 2003 with the mirror antenna.
Well, except that blown speaker I've yet to get around to replacing...
What do you mean by mirror antenna? which mirror and models has this? I have a 2002 OBW and 2003 OB Sedan, both H6's and wondering where the antenna is, never heard mention of it in the mirror? i heard folks saying in the glass...but being wagon and sedan mine may differ too?

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I find the radio reception to be poor in comparison to a conventional rooftop antenna.....What do you guys find?
my 2003 OB Sedan H6 has weak reception and there's interference such that you can't listen to the radio if you turn the rear defroster on. does yours do that as well?

i've heard of this amplifier and think maybe there's a problem there for me?

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What do you mean by mirror antenna? which mirror and models has this? I have a 2002 OBW and 2003 OB Sedan, both H6's and wondering where the antenna is, never heard mention of it in the mirror? i heard folks saying in the glass...but being wagon and sedan mine may differ too?
Hmmm, posting after hanging out with friends and festive beverages is a bad idea.

Meant the standard glass antenna.

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Hmmm, posting after hanging out with friends and festive beverages is a bad idea.

Meant the standard glass antenna.
LOL! right on
yours is a wagon? so wagons are in the glass and i forget where sedans are but mine doesn't have the lines in it?

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They are in the rear glass in a sedan. My '08 LGT had one, if you look towards the top of the glass you will see a seperate set of lines.

I never had any trouble with mine, but I primarily used XM. I also took special care to get ceramic tint to avoid interference as 1 Lucky Texan mentioned.

The OB also seems to get good reception, I believe the OB antenna is the rear side glass.

I have read of people adding an external booster to the antenna and having good success.
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my 01 obw h6 works well in town but it really sucks on the road. i lose the signal sooner than in my 97 GT, and once lost i can't find another station. it doesn't help that the after market radio will not let me tune in a specific station. it just has seek, and if the signal is too weak it will not pick it up.

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I have read of people adding an external booster to the antenna and having good success.
what do these look like? where do i get one? is it hard to install?

i was thinking maybe something like a magnetic CB radio antenna adapted for the car radio. i could feed it out the hatch and put it on roof for trips. i don't need it around town.
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my 01 obw h6 works well in town but it really sucks on the road. i lose the signal sooner than in my 97 GT, and once lost i can't find another station. it doesn't help that the after market radio will not let me tune in a specific station. it just has seek, and if the signal is too weak it will not pick it up.



what do these look like? where do i get one? is it hard to install?

i was thinking maybe something like a magnetic CB radio antenna adapted for the car radio. i could feed it out the hatch and put it on roof for trips. i don't need it around town.
your aftermarket radio may not be powering the antenna booster. (if your car is so equipped)

depending I think on year model, pin 14 can have 2-3 functions, but one function could be powering the antenna booster. If an aftermarket unit doesn't power pin 14 on certain cars, poor reception results. Might be possible to piggyback on the 12V supply to the radio or otherwise feed the booster. I THINK (anyone???) the booster is behind the trim in the cargo area under the LS window?

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