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Old 05-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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If I disconnect the power to the power antenna will I still be able to listen to CD's. I hate the look of the tall antenna and rarely listen to the radio. I wish somehow we could do a hidden antenna connected to the radio in the dash somewhere.
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Yes you will be able to. I did this on my Trans Am because it got annoying listening to the antenna go up. I have a tape player and just plug in my Microsoft Zune and I can play raido through my Zune that hooks up to the tape player.
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I took my antenna assembly completely out. I still pick up local stations pretty well, but mainly listen to cd's, etc
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There are also in-dash antennas that you can get. My power antenna didn't work when I got my car and I just never bothered to fix it since they no longer make them. I am able to get stations with a strong signal up to 40 or so miles from the origin city. Mostly I play CDs and play on a head unit with a USB drive soon. I also plan to delete the antenna completely when I get a paint job in the next couple years.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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would you have any links to the in dash antennas?
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Here is a thread about installing a hidden antenna.

New hidden AM/FM antenna
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...I can play radio through my Zune...
What's a Microsoft Zune??
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What's a Microsoft Zune??
http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/zunehd/default.htm

Or are you joking because hardly anyone has them.. I love mine. Haha

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Yeah, I couldn't help myself....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16tWxbwAQ80

FWIW, I don't own a single Apple product.

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FWIW, I don't own a single Apple product.
Apple sucks, Samsung Galaxy player 4.0 (with the Wolfson DAC) FTW (loud as **** and crystal clear), I bought my SGP 4.0 (8 GB model) a case, a 32 GB microsd and an extra battery and still came out 50 bucks cheaper then a 32GB ipod touch.

@ OP easiest to do is there is a plug in the wire about 3-6 inches from the base of the power antenna, just unplug that to disconnect the antenna. My antenna motor is stripped out (doesn't go up or down, but I can hear the gear spinning) so I'm gonna use those wires as a power source for my epicenter, thanks to a wiring diagram I got here.
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I like the hidden antenna idea posted by decadence.
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i just disconnected mine recently because the replacement antenna mast i put in started to show surface rust on it after only 6 months i can still hear stations if i want to, but i listen to my mp3 player 99% of the time (in dash unit with a usb stick attatched to the front of it)

and you're right, the antenna looks much better down, lol.
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how does one cut power to the antenna so it won't go up?
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Unplug it while it's down.
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Since nobody has mentioned the obvious answer...

Put a simple toggle switch in the antenna wire from the head unit. It's the pink wire in the OEM harness or blue in an aftermarket HU harness. When the switch is on, the antenna will go up and stay up. When the switch is off, the antenna will go down and stay down.
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Unplug it while it's down.
Where is the plug?
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Where is the plug?
Behind the spare tire about 6" of wire length from the base of the antenna assembly.
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I thought " unplug it while it's down" was the most obvious answer......
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FWIW, I don't own a single Apple product.[/QUOTE]

I also hate apple products.
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I thought " unplug it while it's down" was the most obvious answer......
Sure, if you never want to listen to radio. But the OP also asked about a hidden antenna so he must at least occasionally listen to radio. A $2 switch gives him that option but allows him to keep the antenna retracted most of the time.
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