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In message <9708131225.AA14922@hunch.zk3.dec.com> Andrew Duane USG/PE writes:

> > First, it's strange enough that unlike most cars I've owned (read rice
> > burners), the audio system stays powered without even a key in the
> > ignition.  Not really the problem however.  Does anyone know why the
> > antenna stays up while playing CD's and tapes?  
> That's because the antenna is triggered of the head unit's power,
> not some special signal that says "tuner is on".

It's also _quite_ deliberate.  In Germany, the radio remains active during tape 
and CD use so as to interrupt either if traffic information is broadcast on the 
RDS (previously ARI) system.  This type of system is now being introduced in 
many countries.

I derived great amusement, in the early 1980s, by setting the 'ARI' volume high 
and turning the radio down when transporting visitors about Germany.  We'd be 
driving around in silence, when the radio would emit a loud musical note and a 
stentorian German voice would pronounce about Autobahn problems.  They almost 
jumped out of their skins. 

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club