|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 3.8 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||44-UA200|
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Metra 44-UA200 Universal On Glass Amplified AM/FM Antenna
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- Amplified Glass Mount Antenna
- Separate AM and FM amplifiers for greatest performance.
- Separate ground wire for noise canceling and a red LED to confirm amplifier operation.
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Here's the thing, unlike converting to stock, or the other after market antennas I tried, this one plugged directly into the back of my JVC deck (no converter). That may have played a role, but that point aside, this antenna performs better than the original deck ever did, or the decks in my other vehicles. I had it installed in about 45 minutes, after deciding where to position it and if/where to ground it. In my case, grounding made a huge difference in reducing static.
I live about an hour north of Milwaukee and can now pull in Milwaukee (and Chicago) AM stations clear as a bell, and was actually listening to a station out of Eastern Iowa for kicks. I can finally listen to sports again!!! FM reception wasn't an issue with my other antennas, and this one seems to pull in everything up and down the dial. Your mileage may vary, but I found this to be the perfect solution to my reception problem AND easy to install.
Summary: Don't hook up power wire.
Before springing for big bucks to replace the OEM amplifier, I thought I'd try this unit. It meant dismantling part of the dashboard again, but that wasn't so bad since I'd already done that several times when installing the JVC unit. The antenna plug that comes with this antenna plugged right into the JVC antenna input so I didn't need an adapter (the antenna description says an adapter or extension may be needed for some cars, but I didn't need either).
I found the +12vdc lead for the old antenna amplifier and spliced the new antenna's power line into that (the wire is about 18 gauge, so I used a red splice). Then I routed the antenna's signal cable outside the dash and mounted the antenna in the top right of the windshield.
Reception was significantly improved - as good or better than the original. So, the installation isn't as clean as the factory install (because I'm too lazy to route the wires behind trim panels) but it works and after two years of bad reception we're pleased with the results.
This is the same antenna that Crutchfield carries, by the way. If you need tech support, you should buy from them because the instructions and support that come from the seller on Amazon are nonexistent.
Installation was very easy. I have it mounted in the right upper corner of my windshield in a truck. I ran the cable down a rubber door gasket and into the dashboard. Make sure you ground the antenna properly, and hook up the amplifier to switched power. If you have an aftermarket radio installed, this will be easy to figure out. You can wire it into the radio's switched power so it doesn't stay on constantly. My experience was that the antenna was unusable without the amplifier powered up. Once you power it the reception is pretty good. For those of you writing that using the amplifier made reception worse - maybe you received a faulty antenna.
My vehicle has a sun visor that runs the length of the entire windshield, otherwise I'd be worried about the adhesive degrading from exposure to sunlight.
This is no match for a real whip, but if installing one is not an option or the installation would be too difficult for you, this is not a bad alternative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can only get two stations with static, and I live 40 miles from Boston.Published 1 month ago by MouseTrap
This antenna works!!! I installed it in my 2011 Honda Ridgeline with a pioneer avic 6100, cristal clear station in New York!!Published 2 months ago by kevin jhon
This antenna I'm assuming was designed well but manufactured poor. I hooked it up temporary and tried finding the "sweet spot" for AM/FM reception. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce G
Listen...I would be wary of the people who have given this less than 5 stars, as they probably screwed up the installation somehow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrina Thornton
This antenna is terrible for my application. Installed it on the wheel house window of the ferry I run. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph Driscoll
I have a Honda Civic and at some point the rear window antenna got knicked and reception suffered. I added an antenna Y adpater which has male to 2 female connectors along with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Davila
Really wanted to give it five stars but it quit working after one day of use. It worked great when it worked.Published 2 months ago by VIPbeachBum