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Old 04-18-2008, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The radio reception is not what it could be on FM but particularly AM. I have experimented swapping the “bee sting” antenna for one from a Mazda 3. It is about 50 cm long (compared to the 10 cm SF one).

There is a definite improvement – I guess size does matter.

Will have to go source one (my wife wants hers back!) Only draw back is there is a bit of a gap between the bottom of the antenna and the SF base. Will have a look around to see if any other antenna fits better. I guess I could add a bit of shrink tubing or similar.
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Let me know how that goes. My reception on my JDM 01 is in a mess and I'm thinking about improving it as well but I have no clue how to start. I don't have an outer antenna, all I have is a little box on the dash board (pioneer) and I saw somewhere that foresters use the windscreen as an antenna ???
I have an old car phone antennae (the short twirly ones) that I figured I could ratch but don't know if I should fiddle around with it. Interested to see how your's turns out.
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Hmm.. a bunch of young folks in Japan use antenna boosters/repeater that look like Gundam/Macross wings. Too bad I can't find where to buy them haha. They work well too--well, at least in Kyoto they did.

I believe you can use Toyota and Nissan antennae as well (they look similar, but haven't tried it).
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The MY09 uses a fairly standard 5mm thread for the roof / bee sting antenna. A range of other cars antennas will fit. Go for one 40 cm long or more for better reception. It is definately better. It is $20 well spend & you can always put the old one back on if it worries you or you have a very low garage door. :-)
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is this a known issue? I have had a 2001 forester limited and for many years a Liberty RX (both had in-glass antenna). Just traded the Liberty on a MY09 XT and the radio drops to mono very frequently. (a couple of times a minute) The dealer service manager says that they could only get it to drop in level once on a half hour drive.

I am keen to establish if I have an fault/issue with my car or is there a design problem with Subaru's foray into external aerials? (Why did they change anyway???)

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I know my radio drops out anytime I plug in my cell phone charger. I have the antenna in the rear window I've never thought these types worked very well. I didn't realize they had gone back to a normal antenna on the 09's sounds like they got them a bit to short. You can buy in-line boosters that should help a bit.
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The MY09 have an antenna signal booster behind the inside LHS boot side panelling, just below the window. I haven't found the FM reception that bad so far but sometimes a bit patchy - though no worse than my Commodore was.
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I've found a big difference in the sound between AM and FM. I have to turn the volumn way up on AM. I know there is a difference in the signals, but most of the time I need to push the volumn to 25 - 30 just to hear even local AM stations. Maybe I'll try the longer antena to see if that helps.
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The MY09 have an antenna signal booster behind the inside LHS boot side panelling, just below the window. I haven't found the FM reception that bad so far but sometimes a bit patchy - though no worse than my Commodore was.
Sounds like mine has an issue that the mechanics ears cannot detect. Perhaps I am pretty fussy when it comes to things like driving along and the volume level on FM dropping and the tonal qualities changing (I am pretty sure it is the classic FM tuner going to mono as it struggles with some kind of signal problem) However I have never heard static or completely lost the signal. Could be the radio itself?

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If you have the AVN unit have a play with the Surround features - I found that if left on Bypass it sounded fine but with some of the Dolby features enabled it went a bit weird - maybe overly sensitive to the signal in those modes OR those modes just dont work too well.

Have a play and let us know what you think........(if you have the AVN unit that is).
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