Poor radio recepation.

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Mon Apr 22 22:08:15 EDT 2002

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Sorry about not being totally explicit about dumping the Audi (antenna)
I am adressing only about the antenna system, as I have hooked temporary
wires, antennas of different lengths and orientations, to the OEM and after
market head units, always getting better results than the Audi antenna
IMO, the Audi antenna system is the weak link for achieving optimunm fringe
area performance from any head unit, stock or after market.

Installation wise, for Antenna World's AW 276E, remove the passanger side
A piller cover and pull the plastic head liner trim strip free from its
groove across the upper windshield edge to just beyond the RV mirror.
Place/stick the 276E, output cable up and centered both directly behind
the RV mirror and on the in-glass FM antenna, on the windshield as high
as possible, in the blackend glass area.  The antenna lead fits easily
between the glass and the bead trim groove all the way across the
passanger side to and down the A piller.  Now, just route it under the
dash to the center console for connection to your head unit.  Had to
remove the glove box for the routing on the 89 chassis, don't know yet
but probably the same on the 44 chassis cars.  For the ground wire from
the centeral amplifier, I drilled a small hole in the metal trim mounting
bead for a small SM screw around which I twisted the grounding braid.

Mention the 20V lists to Raul at Antenna World.  I have asked that he
give a discount to us from their retail list price.


From: Neil Vonhof <nhvonhof at attbi.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 17:40:20 -0700
To: Bernie Benz <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
Subject: Re: Poor radio recepation.

I'm interested in your specifics regarding the "straight forward
I am also curious what you mean by dumping the Audi system. Do you mean that
you are going to quit using the Audi antenna
in favor of this new one or do you mean you are going to replace the whole
Boze audio system.
Thanks for letting us know about this. I have always wanted decent AM
Neil Vonhof
1991 200q20v
Stock sound system

Bernie Benz wrote:
I live in a rural area notorious for poor over the air radio and TV
reception.  But my 90Q-20V has always been worse than any other car that
I've owned, AM being really bad, FM poor.  With an after market head unit,
I've been using only the rear window AM/FM antenna.  Besides the usual
voltage and continuity checks, I have replaced the rear antanna amplifer,
with no improvement.  I have suspected that the rear window traces are the
problem, but the rear window heater, the FM antenna, works.  The AM antenna,
the upper two traces on the window, show ohmeter continuity from their far
ends to the amplifier connection, but AM reception sucks unless I am in a
strong signal, metro area.  Just short of throwing a rock through the rear
window and having my comprehensive replace it as a trial solution, I found a
super performing replacement for only $28.  I was skeptical, but it is so
good that I'm going to dump the Audi system in my 200Q-20V also.

It is Antenna World's AW 276E,
It is an amplified, small folded dipole that sticks on inside the
windshield, fiting easily behind the rear view mirror on the blackend area
of the glass, up against the head liner moulding.  If anyone wants more
specifics on this straight forward installation, ask.


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