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If a stubby can work well , why don’t the vehicle manufacturers ship them installed when new.

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If a stubby can work well , why don’t the vehicle manufacturers ship them installed when new.

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They are, sort of. They are putting them on the roof and the world is referring the them as shark fins. Probably dual purpose- satellite and AM/FM.

My Frontier is my first brand new vehicle since... since... my '94 Isuzu pickup. I don't think our 2000 Sentra had a whip, and I'm pretty certain my non-satellite radio '04 Silverado did not have a whip. (Hmm, maybe it did.) Neither did my '05 Hyundai Santa Fe, nor '12 Kia Soul, they each had a 4-5" straight antenna mounted at the rear of the roof. Wait- my Miata-based 2017 Fiat Spider came with a whip, a Stubby was waiting at home for 2 weeks before the car arrived.

Strange they can't just work an antenna into the cavity between the roof and the headliner, completely concealed.
 

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The am/fm reception sucked in my 2016 Frontier and my 2018 Titan, they both have a long traditional antenna so I can’t see how a shorter antenna can do well. You’re all welcome do as you wish but I don’t see it possible to get good reception. I used to listen to FM but now am forced to subscribe to SiriusXM to get decent reception.

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The am/fm reception sucked in my 2016 Frontier and my 2018 Titan, they both have a long traditional antenna so I can’t see how a shorter antenna can do well. You’re all welcome do as you wish but I don’t see it possible to get good reception. I used to listen to FM but now am forced to subscribe to SiriusXM to get decent reception.

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A former Miata guy- nice!

On my truck, the Stubby works well in my fairly flat geography grabbing powerful FM signals, lower power signals are a gamble. On my Fiat, those weaker signals are received much better. 4" Stubby on each ride. Must be something other than just the antenna, but I don't have the knowledge to explain it. I quit the satellite years ago and just have music on this USB thumb drive. 32gig is plug and play and holds a good 3000 songs, 64gig model takes a little prep work, which I've written about previously in the audio forum.
 
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