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Old 03-09-2023, 01:52 AM   #44 (permalink)
Isaac Zachary
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
I'm looking forward to cars not having that stupid "shark fin" antenna. We'll probably invent a reason to keep it, like short range car to car telemetry or something.
I'd bet, actually, I'm sure that those little "shark fin" antennas don't get as good as signal as a full sized antenna. But full sized monopole antennas aren't very aerodynamic.

AM antennas a lot of times use those little coils. A loop would be better for AM, but costs slightly more to make.

So now we have car companies that make cheap little antennas and then when customers complain that their audio is terrible they just get rid of the antennas altogether.
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