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Does anyone have experience with the powered hidden antennas? Is the reception any stronger than the factory windshield antenna?
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I installed a Retro Sound HPA-1 in my car and the reception is OK but not what I hoped for. I would not recommend this antenna.:no:
 

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Many, many years ago, I owned a '70 Nova SS that came with a windshield antenna. I was never happy with the reception and installed a power antenna on the rear fender. All this was too long ago to swear to the amount of improvement, but I remember being much happier with the reception (or at least with the work I put into the swap :rolleyes: ).

Back then ('71 or early '72), one of the most difficult aspects of the project was finding a power antenna with a 'base' small enough to fit on the very narrow top of the Nova's rear fender!
 

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I have a custom autosound unit with the hidden power antenna. The reception sucks. Might be better if I exposed the hidden antenna?
 

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Thanks all.
My car came with no radio so I have no history as to how well the windshield antenna works.
I've installed a hidden stereo that has Bluetooth. I will use that for music. It does have AM/FM capability that I thought I'd make work. I think I'll let that go.
Thanks again
 

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My experience was similar; reception is poor at best. I would not recommend. I would like to know if anyone on SNS knows of one that does work well.
 

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I've never been a fan of the windshield antennas. Reception is generally fairly lackluster.

And, as an added 'bonus', if the connector 'button' ever, for whatever reason, pops off the windshield, reception goes from poor to terrible (or worse) until you replace the windshield.


I think the best option for a 3rd/4th Gen Nova is a hidden antenna. A decent one will receive FM stations well, but you will lose AM reception with most, as long as they're hidden.

On the affordable side, with relatively decent reviews, is the Dakota Digital hidden antenna.
There are also quite a few options on the market that are nice and compact but still have AM capability, because they're designed for motorcycles.
 
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