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Old 01-04-2005, 09:55   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2001 Windstar with the antenna in class. The AM reception has recently become poor but still functional. The FM reception is very good. Does anyone have a suggestion? I asked about installing a regular external antenna, but none are apparently available for the Windstar. Could I have a corroded cable or defection antenna in glass?
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Re: Poor AM Reception: Windstar Antenna in Glass

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I have a 2001 Windstar with the antenna in class. The AM reception has recently become poor but still functional. The FM reception is very good. Does anyone have a suggestion? I asked about installing a regular external antenna, but none are apparently available for the Windstar. Could I have a corroded cable or defection antenna in glass?
I have the same problem with the same car. Did you ever find a solution?
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Re: Poor AM Reception: Windstar Antenna in Glass

do you have window tint on the window with the antenna ??

if you use a metal based window tint film over the aerial it will cut out the reception a lot. especialy on AM band.

you need to use a non metalised window film , either a plain dyed film ( usually poor quality) or a carbon based film like 3M colour stable black (which dosn`t change colour like the dyed films do ).
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Re: Poor AM Reception: Windstar Antenna in Glass

Same problem here...any help

Are there any after market antennas available?
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Same problem here...any help

Are there any after market antennas available?
I have poor AM on my 1999 Windstar. What window is the AM antenna attached to ? I will try to install an external antenna and report the results. AM Connector locations would be very helpful....
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Re: Poor AM Reception: Windstar Antenna in Glass

I managed to find the cause of this problem. I have a 04 freestar cargo van with the rear panels pulled out,and the am reception was marginal when I got it. I had the aftermarket head unit from my ranger transfered to the freestar, and the am reception got even worse.

The antenna amp at the rt rear window is exposed in my stripped cargo version and there was no +12v going to the amp. I used a 12v LiPo bat and gave the wire going to the ant amp some juice, and the am reception was way better.

Now i just have to make the wire hot with the radio.


Update: Its fixed! I made a jumper to hook up the ant. rem. from the Sony head unit to the yellow/black wire of the OEM radio connector. AM and FM reception much better.
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