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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Compact universal motorized antenna with six custom mounting bases — Chrome or black (chrome)

MFR # PA-03

RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Compact universal motorized antenna with six custom mounting bases — Chrome or black (chrome)

MFR # PA-03

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Cost cutting disappoints, esp on chrome option & cable connection

Don from Moreno Valley, CA on 10/6/2020

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Well, after all I've read about power antennas, I now know why they rarely get 5 star ratings... always cutting costs somewhere. I got the chrome version of this antenna (PA-03) and it doesn't clearly show the top of the fender bezel (black plastic) in the photos so you are led to think it will be chrome like the mast. Well, it isn't and it looks really cheap, contrasting with the chrome. Secondly, the antenna only extends 18 inches so you don't get great reception. I did wonder how my longer expectation of the antenna length could possibly fit in such a small motor assembly... well that.s because the 5 sections are very short. This shorter length segments will probably resist being broken better. While the length will look fairly clean it is about half the original in length. Lastly, the biggest complaint is that the nut that secures the antenna cable to the motor assembly is not correctly sized. It fits so loosely that it yielded to the slightest pressure upon tightening so that it now hardly holds on, spinning too easily to last. How do I fix it so that will last? IDK - maybe silicone sealer? I plan on putting this in a place that is not accessible to correct it, if it loosens so I need to fix it somehow. I will write to the manufacturer. It is no doubt that they cut costs and didn't ensure a quality part at this connection. If you choose this antenna, keep these issues in mind... I'll make it work but you could spend more money for something that won't disappoint.

Pros: compact design, pretty quiet, works but not as good as a full length mast

Cons: short mast reduces reception strength, black ABS plastic bezel pieces that look ugly with a chrome mast option, loose connection at cable barely holds onto the coax assembly

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Custom install on 66 Chevy pickup

Crutchfield customer from Meridian, ID on 8/8/2020

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I bought this antenna because it is compact and fully automatic, for my Retrosound Model 2 installed in my 66 Chevy pickup project. I was able to fit it under the right cowl above the fender between the hinge pillar and the cowl vent plenum with only a slight amount of massaging of the plenum closest to the body (block of wood and hammer method) . I made my own lower bracket, so it could be installed with the cowl as an assembly. I won't lie, it took a bit of fabrication to pull it off, but it looks like it belongs there,is clean, and works great. I couldn't be happier with the result.

Pros: Super compact size allows more flexibility with tight spaces. It is universal,you know up front you'll have to improvise when not installing direct fit parts.

Cons: diagram of bezel and spacer combinations is hard to decipher, but I figured it out by trial and error

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Great Service

Crutchfield customer from Coatesville, IN on 7/8/2020

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Arrived quickly and accurately. Very pleased with the visual quality. I haven't installed this antenna yet but I'm certain this will work perfectly for my needs.

Pros: I needed the short size of this antenna

Cons: None

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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Crutchfield customer from Sierra Vista, AZ on 5/1/2020

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So far, seems to work pretty good, this is my second unit that I've put in. The first one quit working right after I got the car on the road. I like the way it fits, flush mount. If this one quits, I'll have to go old school!

Pros: Fit

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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Crutchfield customer from Kannapolis, NC on 11/28/2019

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Simple and easy to install

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Pa03 power antenna

Crutchfield customer from Tucson, AZ on 11/24/2019

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Works perfectly...it is a very nice low profile antenna. Exactly what I was looking for and great price too

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: None

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Old car, new antenna

Crutchfield customer from Bartlesville, OK on 8/19/2019

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This fits my old classic perfectly. Installation was straightforward and simple. It's working just fine so far.

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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Crutchfield customer from Independence, MO on 8/18/2019

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Installed easily and performed as expected

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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna

Crutchfield customer from Montcalm, WV on 12/8/2018

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Excellent product very stylish

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RetroSound PA-03 Power Antenna Failure

Mike from Miami, FL on 2/29/2016

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Unfortunately this power antenna unit malfunctioned right out of the box. The antenna mast overextended and became unstable and would not retract after installation and when first powered up. All that Crutchfield did was refer this customer to the the manufacturer's tech support who required that the faulty unit be sent to them at the customers cost before sending out a replacement.

Pros: All support personnel were courteous and cheerful both from the seller and manufacturer. I liked the compactness of the unit and its appearance.

Cons: Obviously experienced a design failure which may be a common problem with this unit. Be sure not to power the unit on without the top mounting assembly properly installed as per tech support instructions which are not mentioned in the instruction booklet that came with the unit.

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