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Old 07-10-2004, 09:38 AM   #1
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Hey, I've got a 95 SE with the stock AM/FM/Cass radio and a stock power antenna and I noticed my radio reception isn't as good as the stock radio in my wife'* '99 Jimmy.. Will an aftermarket receiver give me better radio reception? Should I be looking at a different antenna?
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ive owned a few cd players and the best tuners ive found are in clarions and alpines. Deffinately dont get blaupunkt if your looking for really good reception and a lot of stations
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http://sm.crutchfield.com/*-5xF9mbpm...&avf=N&search=
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I would try something like this first... 15 bucks worth the shot.. worked for my buddy.
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I've tried the signal amp before.... I'll get one for this car. As for the deck I'm looking at I've always liked Kenwood.
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I had no antenna in my 90 when I bought it. After getting sick of listening to "Dancing Queen" and the like as this was the only station that would come in I spent the $9 on a stationaty aftermarket antenna. After removing the factory antenna, I noticed that the connectors were a bit different. The aftermarket antenna had the same male connector you would need to plug into an aftermarket radio. But the vehicle cable has a slightly different female end. Nevertheless, I plugged it in and taped up the connection. Now, my FM reception is less than I would expect and less than my other vehicles.

Maybe you have an aftermarket power antenna?
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I'm pretty sure it'* the stock antenna. I found the broadcast sheet for the car and it lists it as an installed option, so unless it was replaced, it'* the stock GM one. The reception is bad but it'* not as good as it was in my wife'* truck or my old truck.... both have/had stock Delco radios and fixed mast antennas.
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Sometimes the antenna itself becomes broken internally, and the reception suffers. All of the connections between there and the radio must be good, but I would tend to start with the antenna.
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I did notice the antenna not extending/retracting all the way. It only did it a couple of times.
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Not only the mechanical functionality of the antenna, but also broken or loose conductors inside or structural damage can cause a loss of reception.
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If I replace the antenna is any power antenna better than any other?
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