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Old Feb 21st, 2017, 19:04   #1
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I don't have an aerial on my car what is the correct position on a 1967 123gt

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Old Feb 21st, 2017, 20:39   #2
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I have a 68 GT and my aerial is on the roof which I believe is the original fitment.
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Dealer fit to the buyers choice, but most were fitted to the front wing at the time. Roof fitting common in the UK, partly due to Rover P4.5.6 cars using this position. Not so common elsewhere in the world.
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I hate making extra holes in cars. You can buy an internal aerial that fits on the windscreen behind the mirror. They need a power supply but work perfectly (unlike the one I bought in the early 1980s). My extremely scruffy 122S estate has one along with a pioneer multi-cd player (!) and radio reception on FM and long wave is better than my cars with external aerials.
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Got a roof aerial on mine, looks good and can access the underside of the roof by removing the courtesy light and feeding the wire down the A-pillar.
I removed a wing mounted automatic aerial from the wing of my Lotus Europa, very ugly and took up valuable interior space. Replaced it with a loop of wire of a particular length taped to the underside of the roof, works fine, and adds lightness to the car!
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Old Feb 22nd, 2017, 10:19   #6
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Colin Chapman would be proud. Only works on Fibreglass bodies I presume.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2017, 15:21   #7
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Volvorama; Right!...that antenna wouldn't work so good on a metal roofed vehicle...but the question must be asked: What band is the antenna intended for...the higher the frequency, the shorter it can be...so if you're mostly interested in FM, a window mounted, powered antenna for that band (at around 100MHz, where 1/4 wavelength is about 31 inches) will work ok, but not for the AM band where wavelength is 100 times as long...for that, my "more metal in the air rule" applies...like this:


Noddy; I understand about no additional holes...typical fitment for a non-powered, general purpose (AM OR FM band) is on the Fender/Wing (as shown here, albeit a bit exaggerated)...this allows satisfying my rule, and also presents less of an issue than a roof mount should some leakage occur...but if you're happy with the performance of a powered internal antenna, that's most important...I expect it's pretty numb on the AM band, but if you don't want to listen to Finland at night, it's not much of a loss...

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Volvorama; ...so if you're mostly interested in FM, a window mounted, powered antenna for that band (at around 100MHz, where 1/4 wavelength is about 31 inches) will work ok
Yes, its coming back to me now, my wire 'loop' was just that.. 31 inches!
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Hi Ron
There's not much on AM these days and most UK drivers listen to FM which is on a shorter wavelength. One exception is BBC Radio 4 long wave, an AM station that is mostly the same as the FM transmission although it has all day cricket commentary when England are playing a test match. This station is also used by our ballistic missile submarines to check that we have not been nuked.
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