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Radio Shack Through Glass Antenna

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A couple of weeks ago I installed the Radio Shack throught the glass antenna. I am happy with the performance so far. The only problem I noticed was that the antenna rod itself would work loose. It never fell off or anything and, it was not a rapid thing.

I did my own little fix and just wanted to leave a note for anyone else with the same problem. I removed the ant. rod and installed an o-ring that fits snug around the set srew that the rod screws onto. This seems to provide a constant pressure as a lock washer would. Plus gives the added bonus of a water tite seal.

Just my fix.....
 

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Very Nice..

Does your antenna have a screw with an allen wrench fitting? Mine does and I used a small amount of clear silicon in the hole, Retightened and it stayed!..
 

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radio10-8 said:
Does your antenna have a screw with an allen wrench fitting? Mine does and I used a small amount of clear silicon in the hole, Retightened and it stayed!..
Yes it does. Looks like it might be stainless, I hope.
 

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joetnymedic said:
lock tight will work also. Thats the blue gunk mechanics use on car repairs
Joe
I thought about that. I was wanting something removable when needed. Plus the fact I still needed to justify the $5 I spent on a 396 pc. o-ring set. LOL
 

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jeffrey420 said:
I thought about that. I was wanting something removable when needed. Plus the fact I still needed to justify the $5 I spent on a 396 pc. o-ring set. LOL
Maybe you can sell the other 395 o-rings for $4.98 :roll: .

Jerry
 

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jeffrey420 said:
A couple of weeks ago I installed the Radio Shack throught the glass antenna. I am happy with the performance so far. The only problem I noticed was that the antenna rod itself would work loose. It never fell off or anything and, it was not a rapid thing.

I did my own little fix and just wanted to leave a note for anyone else with the same problem. I removed the ant. rod and installed an o-ring that fits snug around the set srew that the rod screws onto. This seems to provide a constant pressure as a lock washer would. Plus gives the added bonus of a water tite seal.

Just my fix.....
How well do those antennas work? I was going to have one installed but my car has aftermarket tint I don't want to cut. I use the Mon. 51 on my other car on a magnetic mount which works great.
 

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sony said:
How well do those antennas work? I was going to have one installed but my car has aftermarket tint I don't want to cut. I use the Mon. 51 on my other car on a magnetic mount which works great.
In the instructions it say if you have after market tint it must be cut from the area.

I get about the same range as other antennas I have tried. About 25-35 miles good signal.
 

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jeffrey420 said:
In the instructions it say if you have after market tint it must be cut from the area.

I get about the same range as other antennas I have tried. About 25-35 miles good signal.
That's pretty good range. I don't want to cut any holes into tint so I am using a Wilson Y881 Super-Gainer antenna instead.
 

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discussion of antennas

if you know someone who works on window they probably trim out
the on your back glass to install the base for your glass mount for
a little or nothing. i know i had a friend who worked that on mobile
cell phone that i had awhile back. hmmm, i wondered what happened
to him?
 

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i run one on my suburban it's actually the dual band model. i use it on my scanner an old 2067, but in this area of the frozen tundra it's plenty of scanner. but i have it mounted on the pass. side just past the door. i ran a jumper wire from the body underneath the molding to the small ground plane. it works okay as a back up for the ft-8800 when i don't want the super gainer on the roof. and it picks up better than a dual band 1/4 wave by diamond at 1/2 the price. but it really shines as a scanner ant. giving me approx. 60 mi. of coverage. so for the price it was well worth it.
 

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I have decided to skip the glass mount and just stick with the Wilson Y-881 Super-Gainer hand held antenna..
I wonder if the glass mounted antenna will outperform this super-gainer antenna?? as this antenna is inside the car attached to handheld.
 
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RS on-glass antenna

I have the duel-band model on glass and am not that happy with it. I got a magnet mount of similer design from another source and I can tell a real improvement.

I live out away from any metro area and sometimes a small improvement makes a big difference you might not see in a city.
 

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dward42586 said:
I have the duel-band model on glass and am not that happy with it. I got a magnet mount of similer design from another source and I can tell a real improvement.

I live out away from any metro area and sometimes a small improvement makes a big difference you might not see in a city.
I can certainly attest to this as I also have a Mon. 51 Antenna Specialists antenna on a magnet mount and you can clearly tell the difference between that and the Super-Gainer Antenna.
 
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