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Old 08-07-2005, 09:50 PM   #1
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I looked through a couple pages and did a search but couldn't find anything about what I'm looking for.

I currently have my antenna in the rear deck of my car. I've had it like that for about 6 months now and it worked fine, but just recently I've started to get tons of signal drops. The last straw was tonight when I was sitting in the middle of a 10 acre open field and couldn't keep the signal for more than 30 seconds at a time.

The whole reason I even moved the antenna inside the car in the first place was because it was scratching the paint on my roof every time I moved it to clean underneath it. I have since painted the car and I don't want to scratch the new paint.

I saw a Corvette the other day on the road that gave me an idea. He had an aftermarket XM antenna mounted on the outside of the rear window at the top. I figured if I could find an adhesive that is semi-permanent (so that I could remove the antenna if needed) and also waterproof, I could easily mount the antenna on the rear window and not have to worry about scratching my new paint.

My question is, is there such an adhesive? I've looked in marine supply stores, but I can't find anything that is waterproof that isn't permanent. What kind of adhesive should I be looking for?

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Old 08-07-2005, 11:07 PM   #2
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I know this seems silly, but are all the wires seated all the way? Sometimes the connector can come loose from the tuner or cradle.

I would double check before you mount the antenna somewhere else.

Also, the antenna could have a split in it somewhere and make sure that the antenna wire is not bunched up under the dash ot wherever else you have extra wire.

Check all these things out.

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A good kink in the antenna, like from a door closing on it, will hurt signal quality. But if you want to put it on the window, any auto parts store will have "rear view" mirror adhesive that should work. It keeps those mirrors glued to the windshield.
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A good kink in the antenna, like from a door closing on it, will hurt signal quality. But if you want to put it on the window, any auto parts store will have "rear view" mirror adhesive that should work. It keeps those mirrors glued to the windshield.
Be careful though....that stuff is pretty darn permanent.
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It definitely isn't a problem with the antenna connection. It's just a signal loss, I'm positive of this. I thought about rear view mirror adhesive, but that seems like too permanent of an option for me. I'm looking for something that will keep a strong bond with the glass, yet still be somewhat easily removed.
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It definitely isn't a problem with the antenna connection. It's just a signal loss, I'm positive of this. I thought about rear view mirror adhesive, but that seems like too permanent of an option for me. I'm looking for something that will keep a strong bond with the glass, yet still be somewhat easily removed.
How about velcro? I use velcro to keep my easy pass up by the riew view mirror and it has never fell off.
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Radio Shack sells a double sided tape to put window mounted antennas on like for scanners or CBs. I have used it to remount my scanner antenna a few times, works great stays on for years and just scrapes off with a razor blade.
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Radio Shack sells a double sided tape to put window mounted antennas on like for scanners or CBs. I have used it to remount my scanner antenna a few times, works great stays on for years and just scrapes off with a razor blade.
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