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Old 03/21/10, 08:50 PM   #1
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Radio Antenna

Does anyone have a recomendation on a good replacement for a stock antenna, possibly something rubber like that wont get ripped off on the trail?

Also, the wife bought me a radio for the eb (she's a good girl) and it will be going into my tuffy console. any install advice would be appreciated

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X2, I was wondering the same thing today

Always fly in the middle of the air. Avoid the sides and bottom of the air, they are filled with trees and poles and buildings.
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Old 03/21/10, 08:58 PM   #3
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I have been thinking about going with a small boat antenna on mine and fill in the hole the org antenna hole. My pontoon has a small flat antenna that is stuck to the inside if the console with double sided tape. I think it would fit nicely upunder the dash. Its about 12 inches long and half inch wide and a little thicker than folder. Just an idea for ya.
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I picked up a Taurus antenna with it's recessed base. Looks like the reverse of a Bronco base. It's a single, solid mast, like most external antennas these days.
Figure if it takes a hit bad enough it'll just bend and I can bend it right back. Don't know how well/easy the base will mount, but I'm going to give it a go.

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Old 03/21/10, 10:35 PM   #5
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I would base at least some of my selection on how far away from the radio stations you are. The radio stations here are about 50 miles away so I have to use a decent antenna to pick anything up.

I like the isuzu trooper windshield mount antenna and that is what I am planning on going with.
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Can't you just collapse the antenna down when on the trail?

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Old 03/21/10, 10:42 PM   #7
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That's a great point. I'm changing mine though because I never liked the overall reception and just wanted to try something more modern and less trouble prone than a multi-sectional mast type.
All my subsequent antennas, were multi-sectional, but didn't retract all the way into the body like the stock one did, so they all had springs. Never had a problem with forgetting to lower it and breaking 'em off, but they couldn't pull in many stations right here in the middle of radio-land central.

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I followed SACHEM's lead and used one from an Isuzu Trooper. Instead of being fender mounted where it gets ripped off by trees, the Trooper one fits along the edge of the windshield frame. It works great.

Tech article here: http://classicbroncos.com/tech/isuzu-trooper-antennae

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I used my stock antenna but ran it under my dash behind the glove box. It doesn't need to be exposed to pick up a signal. Works great for me.

There are other "ribbon" like antennas that you can run inside your windshield above the rear view mirror too but they're a bit pricey.

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Can't you just collapse the antenna down when on the trail?
The one that came on my 66 is on a spring base and might survive. And to be honest I havent missed radio when on the trail...havent even had radio up to this point. the antenna is off the truck now and I was debating on whether to weld that hole up or find something to stick in there. Thanks for all of the suggestions
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I followed SACHEM's lead and used one from an Isuzu Trooper. Instead of being fender mounted where it gets ripped off by trees, the Trooper one fits along the edge of the windshield frame. It works great.

Tech article here: http://classicbroncos.com/tech/isuzu-trooper-antennae

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Thats a good idea, thanks
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Old 03/22/10, 10:22 PM   #12
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I run a flexible rubber coated antenna that is about a foot and a half long. These can be found at Kragen. I have never had reception issues with it.
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I have been thinking about going with a small boat antenna on mine and fill in the hole the org antenna hole. My pontoon has a small flat antenna that is stuck to the inside if the console with double sided tape. I think it would fit nicely upunder the dash. Its about 12 inches long and half inch wide and a little thicker than folder. Just an idea for ya.
That is the antenna I use. It is up under my dash. It is also an amplified antenna so reception is good. I like the look of the Bronco without an antenna.

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I run a flexible rubber coated antenna that is about a foot and a half long. These can be found at Kragen. I have never had reception issues with it.
Got a pic?

Always fly in the middle of the air. Avoid the sides and bottom of the air, they are filled with trees and poles and buildings.
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I'm using this. Hidden Antenna

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