New Accent 2001 Antenna??

Discussion in 'Hyundai Accent' started by steve.ravioli, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Any suggestions on where I can find a cheap replacement antenna.
    Somebody stole the antenna of my Accent. Im more shocked than upset...
    i mean how expensive can they be? well, i guess that's why im posting
    now. Is eBay the best shot or....
     
    steve.ravioli, Mar 8, 2005
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  2. | Any suggestions on where I can find a cheap replacement
    antenna.
    | Somebody stole the antenna of my Accent. Im more shocked than
    upset...
    | i mean how expensive can they be? well, i guess that's why im
    posting
    | now. Is eBay the best shot or....
    |

    Maybe someone needed it to use as a weapon, or to render it into
    a fashionable roach clip. Sometimes, a person can be rather
    desperate, and at a time such as that, only a car antenna will
    serve. We must be loving, kind-hearted, and forgive the stupid
    bastard.

    Let me take a shot at this (I'm an audio person, although I don't
    know the particular application).

    An antenna is an antenna is an antenna. It's a resonant device,
    so there's some need for adherance to specs, but there's no magic
    to it. It just needs to be made decently and be the right length.
    The thicker it is, the less precise the match to the range of
    radio frequencies that you want to pick up -- in this case,
    ordinary broadcast FM. For most cars, an ordinary telescoping
    whip antenna from any auto parts store can do the job nicely.
    Another poster here (a radio amateur) mentioned 30 inches; I
    recall 31 or 32 (memory fails me). There are also antennas
    pre-cut to resonate at the middle of the FM broadcast band; these
    will be quite passable for AM as well. I've been seeing some
    antennas lately that appear to be a fiberglass whip with a wire
    snaked around it. That should be OK, too.

    Ask the counterperson to take a look at your car and see what the
    most appropriate standard antenna is. Having said this, I'll
    acknowledge that there are a number of cars that require a more
    unusual type for mounting reasons, and sometimes, this has got to
    be obtained from the dealer, but this is really rare. Motorized
    retracting antennas (like on my Sonata) may need particular
    attention to matching because they need to have someplace to go
    down into, and they have to fit that someplace.

    Richard
     
    Richard Steinfeld, Mar 8, 2005
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  3. Had the same thing happen to me. Looked on Ebay but with shipping they were
    $20+. Called a Hyundai Dealer in MD (Bob Bell) and they told me it would be
    $15.00. Needless to say I avoided the generic and went with original
    equipment.
     
    Matthew Rebbert, Mar 8, 2005
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  4. | Had the same thing happen to me. Looked on Ebay but with
    shipping they were
    | $20+. Called a Hyundai Dealer in MD (Bob Bell) and they told
    me it would be
    | $15.00. Needless to say I avoided the generic and went with
    original
    | equipment.
    |

    That makes perfect sense to me, too. This is like looking on eBay
    for a Hershey bar. I would have automatically said to just go to
    the nearby auto parts store for this. However, the Hyundai
    antenna is probably a precise duplicate, whereas at the parts
    store, you'd probably have gotten a more "universal" antenna.
    Often the OE antenna will fasten more firmly to the car. Make
    sure that the antenna is grounded to bright metal; if it's rusty,
    roughen it up with an abrasive; I'd finish off with a dollop of
    electronic contact cleaner for good lasting contact.

    Understand that I'm talking "generically;" Hyundai may have their
    own method of securing and connecting antennas that I'm not up on
    yet.

    Richard
     
    Richard Steinfeld, Mar 10, 2005
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  5. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=38177&item=436371
    9510&rd=1
     
    screwtape iii, Mar 10, 2005
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  6. Richard Steinfeld, Mar 11, 2005
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