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Old 05-19-2003, 08:17 PM   #1
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just today i was trying to fix my car from glitching so i cut the wire strap that was holding my antenna down to the carbon fiber chassis of my 414mii

then i cut the stupid antenna

i soldered it back
was this the right thing to do?
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It should be fine as long as you insulate it where you soldered it.
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if it is a novak fm, go to radio shack and get 18" of 26 gauge standed wire.....
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Don't worry. As long as you didn't significantly change the length of the antennae wire it should be just fine. Conductivity isn't that critical and a proper solder joint won't product enough resistance to cause glitching.
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just today i was trying to fix my car from glitching so i cut the wire strap that was holding my antenna down to the carbon fiber chassis of my 414mii

then i cut the stupid antenna

i soldered it back
was this the right thing to do?
If the wire was next to the carbon fiber chassis, this could be your cause for glitching. Try using some rubber fuel tubing or electrical tape where the wire runs along the chassis.

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I would resolder a new antenna on. If you cut it, than you'll have to splice and depending on how good your soldering skills are than you could change it by 10mm or 10% of the length and that can affect your range/glitching. Antenna wire is only about 1.50 at your LHS.
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Yeah I'd redo the wire from the board of you receiver. I did to mine, and its another way to colour code your car! so you would be better off getting some nice looking blue wire. If you dont want to touch the board just take it to a meeting and a heap of people should be able to help!

BTW I lengthen and shorten my AM antena wire all the time with no effect, as long as it is still going up in a tube. Is this not the case with FM?
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My antenna got ripped out of my reciever (airtronics) in a marshall incident the other day. Got a length of JR antenna wire ($1.50) form the LHS cut it to the same length, opened the case and soldered on the new one. No probs so far.
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