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Old 11-22-2009, 05:38 PM
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Wow, there are people who still listen to FM radio. That's cool. I haven't listened to anything in my car other than Sirius or Ipod for so long that I don't even remember what the local stations are. I don't think I ever set the preset buttons on the radio. The incessant advertisements became intolerable.
Ads + repetition + chatty DJs + censorship = no thanks. My M3 didn't even have a radio, the M Coupe's radio has been used approximately 3 times in 5 years.

Where are our RF engineers to tell us precisely how long the wire part of the antenna has to be for proper reception of FM?
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:44 PM
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Ads + repetition + chatty DJs + censorship = no thanks. My M3 didn't even have a radio, the M Coupe's radio has been used approximately 3 times in 5 years.

Where are our RF engineers to tell us precisely how long the wire part of the antenna has to be for proper reception of FM?
Also does phone.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:33 AM
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Is the antenna used for the BMW assist also? There's no ugly blob on the roof like most of the other models have.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:21 AM
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Is the antenna used for the BMW assist also? There's no ugly blob on the roof like most of the other models have.
Yes it is.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:36 AM
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Yes it is.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...84&fg=10&hl=28

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Old 11-26-2009, 03:42 PM
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A good FM antenna should be 1/4 wavelength of the FM frequencies. The newer flexible antennas compensate for size by wrapping wire around a felixible core, called a helical.

As with much of what happens on Bimmerfest, I dont get why the stock antenna is unacceptable except for some sort of aesthetics. But Im old and out of touch I suppose...
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:48 PM
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As with much of what happens on Bimmerfest, I dont get why the stock antenna is unacceptable except for some sort of aesthetics. But Im old and out of touch I suppose...
I hear ya! Back when I had my Integra, the retracting metal antenna was SO LAME, and the Fuba wire whip antennas on VWs and BMWs was just SO COOL.

I personally love the RC-car look of the long antenna on my car!
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:41 PM
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Wow, there are people who still listen to FM radio. That's cool. I haven't listened to anything in my car other than Sirius or Ipod for so long that I don't even remember what the local stations are. I don't think I ever set the preset buttons on the radio. The incessant advertisements became intolerable.
Only to people of your "Stature". Us Common Folk usually have the dis-service of pressing a button to go to the next radio station. Unbelievable, i know.....
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:20 PM
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Not only do I listen to FM radio but I use the cassette player on the stock BMW radio too!!
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:23 AM
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My antena has to be under 3 inches and works fine in nj & ny.
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