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 Post subject: Radio reception poor - Mk1 Aerial
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 11:32 am 
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Is it just me or is the standard radio aerial on the Mk1 Swift totally shite! I've put up with this issue for 21 years now and even upgrading to a new fancy Kenwood CD Tuner last year didn't improve the reception. It's okay and will play sound and stations, but when compared to other cars it falls short. I did replace the aerial some years back but that didn't make a difference. Even the magic WD40 sprayed down the aerial doesn't help.

Just curious to see if anyone out there has solved this issue or am I alone with my first world problem.

Cheers, Rick


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 Post subject: Re: Radio reception poor - Mk1 Aerial
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:17 pm 
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You are not alone with your first world problems.

Radio frequencies are hard things to catch so here are some things to check:

- Ideally, you want the antenna placed as far from the engine as possible (I know I know, its a Mk1, its at the front)
- Check the antenna ground cable is solid and earthed well to bare metal. Conversely, check the battery negative is great as well.
- For civilian radio, it should be at least 32" long in total.
- Check the aerial wiring under the dash is not running in line with any power wires and is as short as possible. Should ideally cross at 90deg to any power wires.
- Consider installing suppressors at certain locations eg LT side of coil, alternator etc

See if you can find what is causing the poor reception, driving around buildings, turning on the wipers, engine speed etc etc as it will narrow down what it could be.

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