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Old 12-13-2002, 12:38 PM   #1
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i read through a lot of the satellite radio posts, but can't seem to find if someone tried to locate the antenna in a more stealth position. i was wondering if someone found that it would work if you mounted it in the trunk or under the car or in the engine bay. i really don't want a shark fin antenna on my roof or some hideous antenna on my windows.
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Old 12-13-2002, 02:01 PM   #2
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Ive seen them installed in the car by the 3rd brake light. seemed to work good.
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:14 PM   #3
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For best reception it should be mounted outside your car. I remember reading a post where someone mounted the antenna on their trunk lid behind the spoiler and that was pretty stealth and should get good reception. I also heard they were coming out with some different window antenna's that would be almost invisible.
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:15 PM   #4
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i know of people who have it mounted on there dash and don't have a problem with reception.
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:15 PM   #5
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beauty. thanks guys. i'll research that invisible antenna idea.
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Old 12-13-2002, 06:00 PM   #6
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Another thing to think about - radome (cover) is glass filled nylon. It has very similar EMF properties as glass filled polyster, aka "fiberglass". If you had a non-metallic car, such as black/white/yellow, you could embed the antenna in something like the rear wing (and attach on aluminum foil ground plane on the bottom side). You could also remove the radome and replace it with something less "XM-like", like a plastic box or other dome. The only requirements are that A. the radome not contain any metal or large amounts of carbon / carbon fiber, and B. a 2 sq ft metal conductive ground plane below it. Beyond that I believe you are free to re-package.
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Old 12-13-2002, 10:40 PM   #7
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I Have my XM antenna on my trunk lid about 2"-3" from the rear window. For the most part I have no problems with reception, however, you will drop off sometimes under bridges in low areas, and heavy tree cover. This doesn't happen often but it does happen.
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Old 12-14-2002, 01:19 AM   #8
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I hate XM antennas. they are ugly. I mounted mine on the back deck beside one of those child safety hooks, ran the wire under the seat, and it's done. Looks great and is real stable. BTW, I used the pioneer xm antenna.
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