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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've got a 94 Bird with the factory, non-powered antenna. Either from the factory, or the previous owner, someone installed an antenna on the back windshield that is connected to a phone jack on the passenger's side of the gear shifter. I am trying to find out if it is possible, or if anyone has attempted to rewire it so that small back windshield antenna is the antenna for the radio, and delete and fill in the spot for the original antenna on the fender. If it is possible, how do you think the reception would be since the top of the antennas are about the same height off the ground, but the back one is much smaller. In help would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 11:26 AM
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I'm not antenna-savvy, but aren't antennas "tuned" for a specific frequency range? i.e., since radios and cellular phones operate on different frequencies, the antenna for a phone may not lend itself well to a radio.

I have heard of hidden FM antennas that you could install, and I'm rather certain 'caps' are available, one way or another, to fill in the OEM radio antenna area.
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I never thought about the different frequencies, but you may have a good point. I know there are some hidden antennas out there, but I haven't heard a lot of good comments about them. I talked to someone that said it didn't work that great for him and that outside noise disturbs it. Whoever installed this antenna on my back windshield had to cut through the windshield and attach it on both the inside and out, so needless to say I will not be removing it. Maybe I can get an antenna the same size to fit there that is meant for fm frequencies? Any other suggestions?
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this is a lil off the subject but i had a hiddin antenna on my old car, it was a 77 buick skylark, the antenna was just 2 little wires that were inside my front windshield, unless someone knew it was there nobody could find it.

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How was the reception? I wouldn't mind putting a hidden antenna in, and still removing the factory one, just using the one in the back for show. I heard the reception isn't great.

Does anyone know for sure if an antenna originally set to be used for a car phone is set to a different frequency than fm radio antennas? Thanks!

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this is a lil off the subject but i had a hiddin antenna on my old car, it was a 77 buick skylark, the antenna was just 2 little wires that were inside my front windshield, unless someone knew it was there nobody could find it.
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well i had a LOT of money im my sound system and the radio had great reception, that system is now in my tbird and the antenna in my buick had better reception than my tbird does. but they do sell antennas that will work fine on your back windshield, just go to auto parts stores and walmart im sure you will find one made for radio.

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well i had a LOT of money im my sound system and the radio had great reception, that system is now in my tbird and the antenna in my buick had better reception than my tbird does. but they do sell antennas that will work fine on your back windshield, just go to auto parts stores and walmart im sure you will find one made for radio.
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Whoever installed this antenna on my back windshield had to cut through the windshield and attach it on both the inside and out, so needless to say I will not be removing it.
Don't think so as far as i cam remember from my old glazing days you cannot cut/drill tempered glass.

Its more than likely inductive.

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Im not familiar with the term inductive. I know I can't get it off, atleast not without a good deal of force. Wouldn't it have to be cut or drilled through for the wire to the antenna to connect to it because on the inside of the window you can see the wire come down from the ceiling liner and connects on the inside.

Edit: Just looked up inductive in the dictionary, so the signal would be emitted through the window, that could explain it too. I will go check tonight, I hope it's not drilled through the window because it's not even in the middle you can tell it's off when looking at the keyhole in the trunk.

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Don't think so as far as i cam remember from my old glazing days you cannot cut/drill tempered glass.

Its more than likely inductive.
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Honda Accords from the late-'90s have the factory antenna in the rear glass.


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Wouldn't it have to be cut or drilled through for the wire to the antenna to connect to it because on the inside of the window you can see the wire come down from the ceiling liner and connects on the inside.
they go through the weatherstripping, not the window.

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