Pretty much crap. Fit the dash and interior look nicely though..............
So the quest for a non-mast antenna began.
who do I turn to?
Why Google of course!
Seems moptorcycles and hot rods have already figured this one out.
A quick "peruse" of a couple hot rod forums later turned up something they use for radio instead of the mast antenna (and something I knew about a long time ago but forgot):
Dakota Digital amplified antenna
Supposed to be as good as a 31" mast antenna and it receives FM AND AM unlike the non-amplified "stick on" antenna's which, according to what I've read lately, only do FM (not a piece of info that's easy to find either)
But......yipes! They sell for 80 bucks plus shipping!
That won't do.
Then a quick sidestep over to ebay grabs me a dakota digital ant 1000 for 35 bucks and 3 bucks shipping. Shipped for less than half the asking price on the Hot Rod and Harley shops. Cool.
The Harley forums and the Hot Rod forums I visited said it works as good as if not better than thier stock antenna. Probably a little optomistic, but it is 12v powered antenna with amplifier built in. If it works anywhere near thier claims, it may be a viable alternative to the mast. In my case, the only alternative (not drilling a hole in that nice 300M body)
I'll post a quick review after it gets here for those not wanting to install a mast antenna on their in-glass antenna equipped cars (or those that just want to shave the bloody thing off).
I'm so close now:
Mputer radio integration (thanks to mitch for the cable and Hugenious for the Void skin)
Hd/ananlog am/fm (thank visteon)
no noise! (thank to me finding my screw up ie;mic in vice line in)
Dakota digital (hopefully for a decent amplified antenna
Here's hoping the visteon, mitch's cable and the ant 1000 are a match to my radio hopes......
Hey waita minute! Anyone ever stop to realize how much they've spent to get sound like the factory radio already has?