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 Post subject: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:18 pm 
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Can someone give me some advice on DAB aerials.
I've tried the type that you stick on the inside windscreen, but they don't work very well. I'm currently using a temporary magnetic aerial at the centre , back of the roof, but it looks naff, with a cable strung along the edge of the roof.

The car has a nice standard FM aerial permanently fitted in the centre of the front of the roof.
Can it be modified to connect to both the FM aerial connection, and DAB connection on the back of the radio - ie Some sort of cable splitter?
Also, where I live in the wild reaches of the north, DAB signa is not the best, can some sort of in line signal amplifier be fitted?
Most importantly, any recommendations on type/brand, ones to avoid etc etc.
The car's an ol' 96.

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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:55 pm 
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You could use this splitter & amplifier from InCarTecas long as your 96 doesn't have an amplifier already, which is very highly unlikely.

You could also replace the existing aerial with a combined DAB/FM one like this but you'd have to run the new cables to your head unit, which might be a bit of a faff and the angle of the aerial may not match with the standard one.


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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:34 am 
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FM aerials don't work well for DAB. Different frequencies to pick up on.

And if the signal isn't great where you are, an amplifier may just end up with a strong signal full of noise rather than a weak one.


Best to get a new DAB aerial to replace the FM one. It's a faf running new cables, but it's the only way to get reasonable reception.

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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:05 am 
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Thanks guys. I suspected that an FM aerial, wouldn't really suit DAB, though plenty people seems to be selling "splitters", to do exactly that.
Problem is I'd have to rip my headlining to remove/change the FM aerial. I paid an old local craftsman a "kings ransom" to fit that a number of years ago, so it's not really an option.
I'll just have to drill a 'ole in that small section, just below the corner of the windscreen, and fit a DAB aerial there.
Thanks for your input guys.
As for the poor signal. that's what I get for living out in the sticks in Jockland!


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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:24 am 
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What about putting a discrete aerial on the parcel shelf under the rear window? That shouldn't affect reception much. And much easier to remove and plug, doesn't involve drilling metalwork with all the rust risk that entails.

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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:41 am 
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I have used this splitter before, works well. Might be worth trying before attacking the bodywork with a drill. I understand what beardydave says about the frequencies but my 9-5 is running the GSM aerial for DAB and it works well.


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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:53 pm 
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Dave
Mmmm, I like the idea of a short DAB aerial on the rear parcel shelf. Hadn't thought of that.
I'll try bringing this magnetic one I have outside, at the back, inside to the parcel shelf and see if it works. It's very short, and should just about fit in there.
If that doesn't work I may try the splitter lancer778554.
The E bay "cheapies" only seem to cost about 12 quid......


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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:51 pm 
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beardydave wrote:
What about putting a discrete aerial on the parcel shelf under the rear window? That shouldn't affect reception much. And much easier to remove and plug, doesn't involve drilling metalwork with all the rust risk that entails.

beardydave
I fitted the short magnetic aerial on the parcel shelf, in the centre, at the edge of the back seat, and it works a treat. Job done. Thanks for the idea mate. :)


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 Post subject: Re: DAB aerials advice
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:45 pm 
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That's my good idea for the year then!

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