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RetroSound PA-01 Power Antenna

Universal fully-automatic antenna for domestic and imported vehicles

Item # 068PA01

Find what Fits your car

Item # 068PA01

$69.99

About the RetroSound PA-01 Power Antenna

Motorized antenna that works with most vehicles

This fully-automatic universal power antenna from RetroSound comes with six custom mounting bases and works with most domestic and imported vehicles. The 5-section, 31" mast extends automatically when the radio is turned on and retracts when it's turned off, so you won't have to worry about theft or parking lot damage.

Product highlights:

  • fully automatic power antenna
  • 5-section mast extends to 31" length
  • works with most domestic and import vehicles
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PA-01

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Features

  • Fully automatic operation
  • Six custom mounting heads (0°, 3°, 8°, 15°, 23°, and 30°)
  • Five section 31" mast
  • 5-foot antenna cable included

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14 questions already asked

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WILL THIS MOUNT IN A 1965 BUICK RIVIERA?
[ MARTIN  Feb 22, 2021 ]
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Yes. It fit my 1964 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. Its more universal, not a direct fit, but it comes with all the mounting hardware you will need.
[ Steve  Feb 23, 2021 ]
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Will this antenna fit a 03 Dodge Ram 2500?
[ William  Feb 10, 2021 ]
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I would say that if it loooks like the one in your Ram then is most likely fits. I bought it for my 1984 Excalibur and it works perfect. There was a small issue with the original one they sent me. I contacted the mfg. and with in a few days we received a brand new replacement with No Hassle. Very trusted Co.
[ NANCY  Feb 10, 2021 ]
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Best to ask Crutchfield directly. I took measurements, but was not qite able to get it into the tight area for my Subaru.
[ CHARLES  Feb 10, 2021 ]
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Antenna for a 77 vet rear mount ?
[ Jim  Oct 15, 2020 ]
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This unit should most likely fit into a Corvette trunk cavern of this vintage as it should not differ greatly from the original equipment, and comes with an assortment of adaptable bases.
[ DENNIS  Oct 16, 2020 ]
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Do you know how much vertical room is there?
[ Cliff  Oct 15, 2020 ]
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I have no idea about Corvettes and their power antennas. You will need to look to see if there is enough room to mount the antenna. It mounts with the little ring or bump towards the top of the mast. There are quite a number of adapters to align the antenna mast to the fender etc of your car. Good luck
[ christopher  Oct 15, 2020 ]
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Jim i ordered a power antenna for my 1964 Ranchero. After installation it lasted for about 2 months, then started having problems. Sometimes goes all the way up. Sometimes part of the way. Same results going down. Have not contacted Crutchfield about the problem because id want them to replace AND pay for the install. My mechanic installed it and I'm sure they wouldn't pay for the removal and install a new one. Just too much of a headache.
[ MICHAEL  Oct 15, 2020 ]
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will it work in my 1989 Lincoln continental that has a power antenna but doesn't go up when the radio goes on or down when the radio goes off. It has a separate sw to go up or down ?
[ Larry  Aug 06, 2020 ]
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This sounds like the situation I had with my 1969 Mercury Marquis. This antenna will go up and stay up as long as it senses current flowing to the radio; when the current stops, the antenna retracts. This antenna has a 'turn-on' wire for this purpose. You would need to hook the turn-on wire to the turn-on lead from the radio. (I had a turn-on lead retrofitted to my radio,) If your radio does not have a turn-on lead you could connect the turn-on wire to the switched +12 volt power source from the car. This way the antenna would go up when you turn-on the car on and down when the car is shut off. You cannot use the original antenna switch. Manually switched antennae like your car had are getting hard to find. The PA-01 can be made to work, but you'll have to wire it differently than the original.
[ STUART  Aug 08, 2020 ]
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Double check your wiring, should be power on a wire coming out of the radio that connects up with the antenna when turned on and likewise it should be dead when the radio is turned off. If no power regardless of on or off, as confirmed by an OHM meter test, a internal part in the radio providing the power to the antenna has probably failed, needs to be replaced if part is available. The radio must be removed from the car and taken to a electrical repair shop to check things out. If all fails, a car in a yard somewhere may have one, or a suitable new replacement radio that fits your particular dash might be considered.
[ DENNIS  Aug 07, 2020 ]
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I have no idea f it will fit or work on your Lincoln. Probably will though, the kit comes with many options for mounting the mast to your vehicle's sheet metal and for attaching the motor to the inside. You can wire it to operate any way you want but it does not come with a separate activation switch.
[ christopher  Aug 06, 2020 ]
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Does the antenna retract flush with the body?
[ Scott  Jun 09, 2020 ]
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Yes, about as close to the body as it can get. There's a couple of other interesting things that the manufacturer should realize could make for more sales: They claim you must have the type of radio that automatically raises the antenna when you turn it on or it won't work. Not so! I hooked up mine to an extra convertible top switch I had, mounted it under the dash so I can raise and lower the antenna any time I want to. Works fine! Also, I tried it on a 6 volt system, if you own an original pre-1956 car. Works on that too! only the antenna is a bit slower when operating.
[ DENNIS  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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If the antenna is installed correctly and has the correct adapters for your vehicle, it will retract flush. This model would not work in my !992 Subaru SVX, so I had to install a used one from a wrecked Subaru.
[ CHARLES  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Flush with the housing fitting on the fender, so it will protrude 1/8" or so.
[ christopher  Jun 09, 2020 ]
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Yes. There is a chrome hex trim "nut" at the top of the fixed base of the unit and the knob at the top of the antenna mast retracts into and fully flush with that top nut. Nothing projects above that top nut when retracted. Looks nice...
[ Steve  Jun 09, 2020 ]
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Does the motor have a high current draw? Is a relay recommended?
[ Sam  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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No this is a low draw motor. Your radio operates it. Either up or down any wires needed will come off your head unit or radio to turn it on or off when needed
[ David  Jan 09, 2020 ]
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I did not use a relay. So far no problems, functions perfectly.
[ Ralph  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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You should always hook the power to a fused source anyway. Never used a relay, never had a problem as the motor isn't used very long when on. I don't know the actual amp draw.
[ christopher  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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No, it doesn't draw a lot of current and I don't see where a relay would be needed.
[ STUART  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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Can I make the antenna shorter?
[ Mikey  Dec 10, 2019 ]
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The internal construction would make that very, very difficult.
[ Cliff  Dec 12, 2019 ]
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I don't think so. I have it connected to a RetroSound radio and it goes all the way up when the radio is turned on and all the way down when it is turned off.
[ Robert  Dec 11, 2019 ]
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Mikey: It only goes all the up or all the way down. will not work with semi-auto switch. Good Luck
[ JAMES E  Dec 10, 2019 ]
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What is the hole size needed to mount this antenna?
[ Bruce  May 12, 2019 ]
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I can't honestly remember. I replaced my broken one on my 1968 Chevelle with this antenna and put it in the original hole on the back rear fender. the original hole was a little oversized, I would say 7/8 to 1 inch. hope this helps you.
[ DAVID P  May 25, 2019 ]
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I didn't actually measure the mount, but I can verify that this unit fits the cut-out for the stock GM antenna.
[ William  May 25, 2019 ]
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Don't remember, if your car has a retractable antenna this would most likely fit, it comes with adapters to fit holes and match the contours of the cars body panels, for my application It fit a 1994 Honda Accord perfectly
[ James  May 25, 2019 ]
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The antenna is under 1".
[ Cliff  May 24, 2019 ]
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Will this antenna fit a 1965 ford Thunderbird?
[ mark  Apr 30, 2018 ]
4 answers
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I installed one in a 1964 Thunderbird with ease - plenty of space available. Essentially the same car...
[ Steve  Jun 09, 2020 ]
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I installed it on a 1969 Mercury Marquis and it was fine, but the trunks on that generation of Thunderbird are pretty shallow. Take some measurements and compare to the antenna. If it's too tight, a compact version of this unit is available.
[ STUART  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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Sorry, but I don't know. I brought the antenna for my 1983 Ford T-Bird, but I haven't installed it yet. Good Luck, JIM
[ JAMES E  Apr 30, 2018 ]
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Unknown
[ JAMES  Apr 30, 2018 ]
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Will this antenna fit in a 1978 Ford Bronco?
[ hugocodi  Jun 16, 2017 ]
1 answer
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You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Jun 16, 2017 ]  Staff
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What are the overall dimensions if this antenna unit?
[ Rich  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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Overall height is 12.75 inches tip-to-tip with mast retracted. The bulkier lower section is about 7.5 inches high and about 2.5x3.5 inches in overall max cross-section.
[ Steve  Jun 09, 2020 ]
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I already installed mine so I can't give you exact dimensions other than you need 12 inched below the top mounting point for installation. You might find more info at the manufacture's website; Retrosound Good luck
[ christopher  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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I am sorry but the car and antenna are at a restoration shop so I have no way to get to it for measuring. Sorry that I am of no help to you.
[ MYRON  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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Is this antenna able to replace the factory installed antenna in a 2003 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible?
[ Bob  Oct 20, 2015 ]
1 answer
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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Oct 21, 2015 ]  Staff
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will it fit 1986 corvette?
[ Ronald  Aug 10, 2015 ]
1 answer
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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Aug 10, 2015 ]  Staff
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will this fit on a 1999 cadillac deville?
[ Kevin  Dec 29, 2013 ]
1 answer
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For details on vehicle specific fit please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Jeff  Dec 30, 2013 ]  Staff
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