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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2016, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Poor FM Reception

I have an 08 MCS convertible and my FM reception on the radio has always been poor. I have change the head unit since I got it but it's made no difference.

The aerial has been replaced with a stubby Alta antenna, could this be an issue?

Does the aerial base contain an amplifier? I have something like that on my Alfa aerial and reception is fine.

If it stops raining for a few hours I may strip out the interior light and try to access the base to see if there's anything I can see. But any pointers greatly received.

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I had a stubby on my R50 and the reception was pants so swapped it out for an after market oem lookalike aerial and now the fm signal is bang on. One of my best £3.89 eBay purchases of the year

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Thanks SeanC sounds like an investment of £4 is worth a try before getting my hands dirty!!!
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Hi SeanC . Quick question, is a genuine replacement 28cm or 41cm?

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Hi SeanC . Quick question, is a genuine replacement 28cm or 41cm?

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All my Minis aerials are 41cm but I can't say for definite how long the MCS one is. Here is the link to my one. Oh I was 6p out
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Damn that 6p is too rich for my blood ����

I think I'll pop out to garage and see what 28 or 41 looks like. For the sake of a couple of ££ I might buy one of each!

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No worries Buddy
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28cm ordered. 41cm looked a bit too long, especially if I have the roof down.

Thanks for pointers SeanC. ��
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Your welcome buddy. I think the 28cm one will look better and most likely the correct one for the vehicle. I can't see the reception being effected with the shorter one tbh
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Can't see it myself either. But for £4 it's worth a try.


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New 28cm aerial fitted. Reception is a million times better!!!

The one thing I did find was the steel threaded bit that the aerial screws in to was quite rusty. Maybe this was the reason the the stubby aerial wasn't that good. Replaced this with one from the new aerial

Still £4 well spent. Cheers for the advice Sean

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Glad it's worked for you Julian. The finish and quality of these aerials are pretty good and you'd never tell them apart from oem ones

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Always a good idea to put a bit of petroleum jelly (vaseline) on these joints and connections when assembling.
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Yeah Sean it looks just right. Glad I didn't go for the 41cm one!

Will put some valentine on the threads. Cheers Zuke
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This is problematic. The petroleum jelly will impede corrosion but has some insulative properties.
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