Hi DenLook on Ebay where the Bee Sting replacement for the Duster aerial is only £2.60. It screws on in place of the original and comes with a choice of length. No wiring to do and a 1 minute job. Did mine so i could use the roof bars and also to not hit the garage up and over door.
Cannot beat a full length rod, as fitted by Dacia. Trust me. I'm an ex communications engineer !! All the others are a compromise !!Hi Den
I don't suppose you still have the link for this one?
As Millar says , and I have read on the Hyundai Coupe forum I go on now , some of the bee sting arials have terrible reception.
If yours is ok I will order the exact same one
I tend to listen to BBC WM. The best reception around my area (Netherton) where the signal is 'thin' has been in my Dacia. My SEAT & Peugeot both had a short 'curly' aerials (antenna is a 'Yank' term as far as I'm concerned !!) and BBC WM used to 'drop-out' on my drive on them !!Any good compromises though Roger??? To be honest I tend to use the CD player a lot more than the radio.
I only live down the road from you in Coseley
Sorry. Mrs Roger says I'm not allowed to converse with you anymore 'boing boing' She is a season ticket holder !!! I'm not by the way, my team plays at Rootes Hall !!I only listen to WM when they have the Wolves match on there. He he
Know Netherton well, used to play Sunday League football round there a lot until a couple of years ago.
I have been to see Wolves at Southend many times , also seen Oxford play there as well , ,,,,, long story !Sorry. Mrs Roger says I'm not allowed to converse with you anymore 'boing boing' She is a season ticket holder !!! I'm not by the way, my team plays at Rootes Hall !!
On a practical point any bit of metal will work on VHF Nation wide coverage radio stations i.e. BBC RADIO 1-2-3-4 as they use RDS which means they constantly 'hop' between transmitting sites, to give you the best signal.Come on someone on here must have bought an Ebay one and still have a link ? There are dozens of them going for well under a fiver but I am bound to pick the crap one that doesn't work !!!
David !There are heavyweight text books on the subject of aerial theory and design. Before replacing the aerial supplied you may wish to consider the following.
The aerial fitted is known as a quater wave monopole, an old and proven design. Basically the length of the monopole should be a quater of the wavelength (or multiple thereof ) of the transmission you wish to receive. In the case of FM radio this means that at 100Mhz which has a wavelenght of approx 3 Metres it should be approx 75cm or thereabouts. I would suggest that the supplied aerial is indeed of a suitable size and correctly designed.
Alternatives that are used by manufacturers bee sting , sharks fin and those embedded in the rear windscreen require the inclusion of a signal amplifier to overcome the limitations of their design. This requires a power supply usually supplied via the aerial lead but requires a suitably designed radio not only to provide the power but also to accept such an aerial as input.
While it may be feasible to overcome these problems it is not something to undertake lightly and the performance is unlikely to be as good as the monopole.
Of course if you are close enough to a powerful transmitter you can stick anything on the roof and get good reception.