Help, need a better radio aerial?? or

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  1. quickweh

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    There is a window mounted aerial in our van (A class) but reception whilst driving is very poor and not impressive when parked up. The radio is a Sharp unit with removable fascia and is really fiddly to operate when on the move. I don't want to buy a replacement without sorting the aerial. Any help on the aerial would be appreciated. Recommended radio replacement would also help, don't need high quality audio, would like Fm radio, USB for music downloads and maybe CD, we still have loads of old stuff and no longer have a PC with disc drive:(
    Thanks, Mike
     
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    You're probably going to struggle to get FM any better than it is now.

    Solution for us was to change to DAB and have a windscreen mounted antenna.
     
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    To be honest Sharp aren't great, you need something with a good front end, Alpine, Kenwood, Panasonic are all good.
    A simple problem like a bit of rust where the aerial mounts causing a poor earth or a loose plug at the radio end can all cause problems.
     
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    Thanks for the link, first clue is the location of the screen mounted aerial, over the scuttle and engine management components which also helps to explain the improved reception when parked up. The next is to get a 360º "view" for the aerial. Time to play around with some co-ax and an aerial.
    Sorry, it is a JVC radio, still fiddly though!!
     
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    Earthing is as important as anything on a "Car" radio. Make sure that is good. and work from There?

    I had a Kenwood. that was pretty good.?

    Pete.
     
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    Forget the radio. Talk to Pauline :rofl:
     
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    Why do you think I posted?:rolleyes:
     
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    Why do think I posted:rolleyes:
     
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    Now who's the brave man ?,
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    Don't know, she's not spotted it yet and Grahams's "likes" aren't helping;)
     
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    Yes I enjoy listening to the Radio as well, in particular Radio 2 but find the reception is crap compared to Radio 1 why is that??
     
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    Do you have a status unit on your roof? Try wiring the the radio to that and trying it. I've done that and it works well.
     
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    Unfortunately no, I had one when caravanning and it worked well. Looking at a roof mounted aerial and a route through the van, not straightforward unfortunately.
    Thanks, Mike
     
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    I bought a Blaupunkt radio which ticked all my boxes - FM, DAB, CD, USB, aux in etc and have two aerials (didn't want to use the Fiat Ducato aerial located in the wing mirror) one for the FM which is on the front wing and the other for the digital/DAB amplified on the windscreen. - all from Autosound (Blaupunkt direct) who were very good.
    Reception is usually excellent, although I did note that the DAB (Absolute 80's radio station) sometimes tripped in & out of reception whilst driving - maybe because of coverage of where I was at the time.
    Other than that, I'm really pleased with it.
     
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