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Old 09-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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Looking to swap the stock antenna mast with a stubby...debating between 8" or 4.2". Any recommended brands? For those whom have done this already, how great of a loss in reception did you experience? Any info is appreciated.
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Unless you live fairly close to the broadcasting towers (ie. 10-20 miles) skip the mod. My signal strength dropped alot and I live 20 miles outside a major metro area. And I even had the 13" model:
Amazon.com: AntennaX Off-Road (13-inch) Antenna for Ford F150: Automotive Amazon.com: AntennaX Off-Road (13-inch) Antenna for Ford F150: Automotive
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I live within city limits and broadcast towers are near so I didn't lose any reception with the 13" antenna x posted above. Also there is a weak signal coming in from way down the bayou probably 40 miles or so and it comes in clear as well. Most of the time I'm streaming internet radio thru my phone so it's a moot point for me anyway.


Perhaps that weaker station is piggy backing towers along the way, I dunno.


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Thanks for the responses and info!


As with everything, it's a sacrifice. If I want a certain look, I'll have to sacrifice some functionality.


I still don't understand why, in 2014, Ford still hasn't opted for a more conformal (or even integrated) radio antenna like most makers have done in their cars. The technology has been around for decades...why stay old-school??
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http://www.cravenspeed.com/the-stubby/

this is the one i have like everybody has said you will lose some signal depending where you are but i love the look of it so it was worth it for me. plus with my phone having plenty of music on it and pandora radio my regular FM radio barely gets used.
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Thanks for the links. Just like most of you mentioned, I don't listen to radio hardly at all unless my little girl asks. I'll do some research on the ones you all suggested and put in an order. Thanks, again.
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This is what I have. I bought the 21" because I was tired of my antenna hitting the beams in the parking garage at work! It works well and haven't lost any reception. Here is the link to the one I bought:

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Thanks with the input, Guys. I went with the CravenSpeed Stubby. As soon as my truck was delivered yesterday, it was the first thing I did. Looks great. Thanks!
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