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Re: 1990 Q Coupe radio

The ur-Quattros, and I guess the Coupe GT as well, use the amplified radio
antenna becuase there is not enough clearance with the spare tire to fit
an up/down-type electric antenna. If you replace the stock radio and do not
implement something to provide power to the amplified antenna your reception
will be somewhere between miserable and non-existant. I replaced the up/down
type antenna in my '84 4000Q with a manual SS unit for like $12 US. It works
better vs the stock too-short unit. AM reception with a replacement Radio-
Shack radio is better vs the stock Audi radio. I have a theory that these
stock Audi radios simply have inferior AM receivers, as FM is where all the
consumer demand is these days no real priority is placed on the AM quality,
it's just a "check-off" on the sticker.