I unscrewed my whip antenna, ha, easy to steal.
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Thread: I unscrewed my whip antenna, ha, easy to steal.

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    I unscrewed my whip antenna, ha, easy to steal.

    Just to learn what happens on a drive. First went to XM, thought that would be dead, but that guy came through loud and clear telling me what I am missing with that toll free number showing up clearly on the radio screen.

    Then I tried our four remaining AM stations, all came through loud and clear. FM picked up stations clear 50 miles aways, one that I know is 70 miles away was breaking up a little, but still audible.

    Then I tried calling my wife via bluetooth, guess that disables the transmitter in my phone, couldn't get through, works fine with bluetooth disabled, but not with that antenna off.

    Didn't try calling OnStar, ha, if I did, would be in for a long sales pitch, but that green ready LED was on, so assume that also works.

    So what is the purpose of that whip antenna? My only conclusion was for hands off calling. MP3's still worked great.

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    Was wondering the same thing. Ended up taking it off on the weekend to see what it would look like. I don't listen to the radio much, and use my phone to make calls, so would there be any issue with just leaving it off?

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    Yeah I tried the same thing before installing my shark fin. Everything worked perfect. I think all the electronics are in the base. The whip is just an extension. But judging from the practical test it's a bit useless lol.

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    Any idea if there would be any damage to it without the antenna on it. I didn't take a good overhead look to see if it's fully enclosed where it screws in. Would just worry about water getting inside it.

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    In that csae, just plug it with a rubber stopper. I'd rather buy the shark fin than leave it open...
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    ...most drive-thru car washes routinely "remove" all antennas so: (1) they don't tangle-up their whirling brushes and (2) they don't get broken off by those whirling brushes.

    P.S.--so, always check your antenna after a car wash, it might be loose!
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    pictures!?!?!?!?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wstadnick View Post
    Was wondering the same thing. Ended up taking it off on the weekend to see what it would look like. I don't listen to the radio much, and use my phone to make calls, so would there be any issue with just leaving it off?
    That is why some of us replaced with the shark fin other than styling. My reception is no better or worse with the fin vs the whip antenna and don't make calls with my car. Don't need to remove for car washes any more. LOL With the whip, my car was more readily visible in parking lots, but I still seem to locate my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman View Post
    That is why some of us replaced with the shark fin other than styling. My reception is no better or worse with the fin vs the whip antenna and don't make calls with my car. Don't need to remove for car washes any more. LOL With the whip, my car was more readily visible in parking lots, but I still seem to locate my car.
    Lol I like how you used the whip to find the car. Did you put a little florescent yellow ball on the end of it to enhance the visibility factor? :P

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    I've had it off since the second week I've owned the car. Not a single difference in radio, xm or onstar but I don't use any of those so it doesn't really matter.
    Gotta find a stopper for it.

    Call it the "Free Dildo Delete"!
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