Hidden Radio Antenna


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Hidden Radio Antenna

Postby cal3san » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:36 pm



Am in the process of upgrading my 82 with vastly newer parts from another 82. One of things I want to do is add an AM-FM radio antenna but not an external one since I do a lot of PGR events and the flags will beat an external antenna to death.

My first thought is to run a Universal Hidden Radio Antenna the length of the fairing on the inside. The alternate to this line of thought is, since it is the flat-type coaxial, hide it under the windshield and aluminum trim on the outside of fairing.

Thoughts, opinions, suggestions, comments!


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Re: Hidden Radio Antenna

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:07 am

I installed a short antenna on my fairing..just in front of the radio pocket it sticks up a bit past the windshield works great. Swivel mount that I can adjust to lay horizontal too but I can put a cover on too without any issues..
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Re: Hidden Radio Antenna

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:32 pm

When I got my 1100, the radio was connected to a short "rubber ducky" antenna that was mounted inside the fairing. It worked well enough, but reconnecting it to the original splitter and CB/AM-FM antenna improved the reception quite a bit.

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1982 GL 1100 Interstate
w/1999 Lehman Trike Kit (sold 12/12)
1996 GL-1500A with 2009 Champion Trike Kit (sold 7/15)
2003 GL-1800 with 2113 Champion Trike Kit
2007 Aspen Sentry Camper (sold 5/12)
2012 Mini-Mate Kompac Kamper
2014 TO Slipstream Camper

Re: Hidden Radio Antenna

Postby cal3san » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:18 pm

Update on Hidden Radio Antenna:

Mounted one inside the fairing and on the first extended ride it worked like a champ. I normally lose the local C&W FM station about 30 miles outside of New Bern but today it was still coming in strong on the south side of Jacksonville, NC (50 miles). Was also able to "catch" a couple of stations not normally attainable in Jacksonville.

To say that I'm satisfied would be an understatement. A well-spent $21.00 and I don't have to worry about snapping an antenna off going in and out of the garage.
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Re: Hidden Radio Antenna

Postby HyperPete » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:06 am

If you already have wire, you can make a dipole FM radio antenna that works better than most that you can purchase for pennies, and hide it wherever you want where it's not crossing electrical wires.

http://www.google.com/search?q=fm+radio ... afe=images


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