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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Stubby Antenna

Looking for a short antennna for a 2011 Equinox 2LT but got this messeage this morning for a stubby antenna for $24.95, home of the stubbyantennna.com.

We do not have antennas that would fit for your 2011 Chevrolet Equinox at this time. And please note our antennas are for FM/AM only, and would not function for satellite system or GPS.

Does anyone know of another one for my car that would work with Onstar and GPS? I would be made at myself if I order something that doesn't work on my Equinox. I just want a good antenna that I can go through a ride through car was and still have great reception.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 12:48 PM
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Try this website...they carry a short antenna for the Equinox:

http://www.cravenspeed.com/products/...y-Antenna.html
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They only make one for the 2005-2006 Equinox so I am out of luck here.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 02:39 PM
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hi ,

contact them with your application , very happy with product .

http://www.visualgarage.com/home.html

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Cravenspeed makes the stubby antenna for 2010-2012 Equinox....are they just out of stock? I have already ordered 2...one for my fathers 2011 and one for my 2012.

The antenna is only for FM and AM signals. XM and Onstar are inside the base of the antenna. if you want to verify this...just unscrew your antenna and see what you get.....
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Does this mean that if you unscrew the antenna Onstar and GPS won't work? Why are there a wire wrapped around the antenna then?
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Does this mean that if you unscrew the antenna Onstar and GPS won't work? Why are there a wire wrapped around the antenna then?
I believe that the "stick" antenna in the rear of the vehicle is for AM/FM and there is another antenna below that or near the rear view mirror for the Nav and/or OnStar.

Oddly enough, I have read that the wire wrap around the stick antenna is to reduce vibration from wind on the stick. Doesn't make sense to me, but that it what I have read a number of years ago. Maybe it strengthens the rod without increasing the total rod diameter. Maybe someone else can explain it better !

I just found this :

"And, finally tonight, in a segment we like to call ďWhyíd they do that, Iím going to attempt to explain why all car antennas are not alike. While many antennas are smooth, have you ever noticed how some others look like they have a wire wrapped around them, or have a spiral groove in them? You know what thatís for? Itís to cut down on wind noise and vibration. That spiral shape actually helps the antenna slice through the wind more easily, so itís quieter. When an antenna is mounted on the front fender, as the wind comes off it, that noise is actually directed right at the driver. These spiral-type antennas direct the noise off to the side of the car. And you know how automotive engineers test these antennas to see how quiet they are? They go outside and swish them around like swords!"

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Does this mean that if you unscrew the antenna Onstar and GPS won't work? Why are there a wire wrapped around the antenna then?
No...the exact opposite. If you unscrew the antenna (which is quite easy, as I've done it on my old 2010, may fathers 2011, and my new 2012), you still get XM radio and OnStar...and everything else except AM and FM.

The antenna is only for FM and AM radio, and you still can get some AM and FM reception, depending on where you are.

Why is there wire around the antenna? ...I found that out the hard way.

I tried to make my 2010 Equinox antenna shorter by bending it first with a heat gun. I found out after I bent it that it was not really bent...it was cracked. There is a fibreglass core in the middle of the antenna that will crack if you try and bend it. There is a thin copper wire that is wrapped around the fiberglass core...and it that copper wire that is acting as the antenna as it is attached to the screw...which goes into the base. The winding of the wire allows for a greater length of wire, as well as allowing the air to move more smoothly over the antenna.

I ended up buying a second antenna and cut it a few inches short, then I put a black plastic cap on the top.

I routinely take off my antenna as I have a Thule cargo box that I put on the top of the Equinox. The antenna is too long and gets in the way. As well...some underground parking lots where I live are too low (6 foot clearance), so I used to take the longer antenna off before I went out. I bought a second antenna, cut it short, and now I can clear the underground parking lots.

Don't worry, the antenna is easy to unscrew, and has little rubber teeth that keep it from unscrewing once you put it back on.
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hi ,

contact them with your application , very happy with product .

http://www.visualgarage.com/home.html

+ 2 [/color]

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I believe that the "stick" antenna in the rear of the vehicle is for AM/FM and there is another antenna below that or near the rear view mirror for the Nav and/or OnStar.

It's directly underneath the antenna, that's the 'hump' part RIT not by the rear view mirror[/color]

Oddly enough, I have read that the wire wrap around the stick antenna is to reduce vibration from wind on the stick. Doesn't make sense to me, but that it what I have read a number of years ago. Maybe it strengthens the rod without increasing the total rod diameter. Maybe someone else can explain it better !

I just found this :

"And, finally tonight, in a segment we like to call ďWhyíd they do that, Iím going to attempt to explain why all car antennas are not alike. While many antennas are smooth, have you ever noticed how some others look like they have a wire wrapped around them, or have a spiral groove in them? You know what thatís for? Itís to cut down on wind noise and vibration. That spiral shape actually helps the antenna slice through the wind more easily, so itís quieter. When an antenna is mounted on the front fender, as the wind comes off it, that noise is actually directed right at the driver. These spiral-type antennas direct the noise off to the side of the car. And you know how automotive engineers test these antennas to see how quiet they are? They go outside and swish them around like swords!"

Thats exactly right,,, a smooth antenna can 'whistle' if the conditions are right.[/color]

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