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    usb radio and power antenna?

    I am using a laptop for my car pc with no head unit so i am looking for a usb fm radio but would like the antenna on my truck to only work when i listen to the radio. when it gets a +12v feed it goes up and when power is removed it goes down. any ideas on how i can make this happen and on what usb units are available in the uk that would work with frodo player or the like? thanks!
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    just tap the antenna power to a switched 12V in your car, so the antenna is raised when the car is turned on.

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    whatever usb radio you choose, if your up to it, open it up and use a multimeter to check a few lines and see if any go off and on when you switch somethign on it (ie. audio mute or an actual on/off function for the tuner). once you find that, wire it to a relay that switches a constant 12V line to the antenna.

    otherwise, id go with ming's suggestion.
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