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Re: Replacing Antenna

At 04:41 PM 4/20/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Esteemed AudiphileS:
>The Hirschmann antenna in my '90 V8Q went south last week.  I pulled it 
>out..the white, toothed continuous snake-like thing which pushes the 
>shaft up has become un-continuous.  I bought a Harada antenna at an auto 
>parts store and it will probably work if in can figure out what to do 
>with the antenna (coax) cable.  The Hirchmann has a female threaded 
>fitting onto which the cable is attached.  The Harada just has a log 
>cable with the typical male-ended radio connector.  

Your V8 has a motorized antenna?  Our 1990 V8's antenna is built into the
windshield.  The only physical antenna we have is the one for the built in
cell phone.

>Is there a way to adapt the existing fitting or do I need to fish the 
>cable through the car to wherever that female receptacle is?

I did this on a '85 4ksq I previously owned.  I spliced a new end onto the
Audi antenna lead.  This was a big pain, and didn't work very well.  I then
fished a regular antenna extension cable through the car to the radio.  My
reception was much improved and in hindsight, this was far easier than
splicing and soldering the stock cable.  I left the stock cable in place if
some "purist" wanted to drop the several hundred $ for an Audi factory antenna.

But you have a motorized antenna in our '90 V8?  I've never seen this before
(either in person or referenced in any of the factory manuals).


John Karasaki

The Karasaki's, proud owners of AUDI automobiles

1981 Coupe
1982 TQC
1984 5000S Wagon
1990 V8