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    Default Front roof aerial - what do you think

    Been looking at the front end of my 2004 Vectra estate and suddenly realised what would look nice - a front roof aerial - I've been to the local scrapyard and every other car has factory fitted front roof aerials which are usually top spec so I bought two for a fiver and just about to fit one. It will only be a dummy as I'm leaving the original rear one on as well as it works perfectly well.
    Just wondered if anyone else had done this

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    Might look good, but would look weird with both I think. Personally if you're fitting the aerial on the front of the roof, I'd be hooking it up and blanking the rear one, if you're leaving the rear one I wouldn't bother with the front, it will just look "wrong" (IMHO).

    I guess you could actually leave both and co-phase them for better reception, but make sure you allow for the cable impedence changes if you try that.
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    Hi Ian - does the rear aerial have an amplifier fitted in line to boost the signal?

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    it would look like a police car they always have two aerials

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    Hi Ian - does the rear aerial have an amplifier fitted in line to boost the signal?
    Honestly, I don't know, but thinking about it yes it probably would have being such a small aerial. As long as you present 75ohms at the input of the booster though, it doesn't matter how many aerials you have feeding it

    Although whether you'd actually see any benefit of co-phasing car radio aerials I have no idea, only ever done it with CB and amateur radio stuff in the past. I still say if you're fitting one on the front you should remove the rear one but that's just my opinion.
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    A lot of work for no gain in reception strength.

    Fit a sky dish to the roof then you can receive all the digital channels.

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    hehehe cant u tell Ian passed his test others will be reading and scratching ther heads

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