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European Antenna Adapter

Works with select 2007-up European vehicles (Motorola male to OEM antenna female)

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Overview

This antenna adapter lets you connect an aftermarket receiver to the factory antenna cable in select 2007-08 Audi, 2008-up Mercedes-Benz, and 2009-up Volkswagen vehicles. The adapter has an OEM female plug on one end and a Motorola male plug on the other. Installation note: A blue wire is attached to the antenna adapter. When installing the adapter, the blue wire should be connected to the antenna turn-on lead of your new car stereo. Please check the stereo's manual for more information. Warranty: 60 days.

Does what it's supposed to.

Richard, Wichita KS

What's in the Box:

  • Automobile antenna adapter with male Motorola connector/turn-on lead on one end and a European dual Fakra antenna connector on other end
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European Antenna Adapter Reviews

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(53 Reviews)

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Twin Lake, MI on 10/3/2017

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The connection could of fit better pretty hard to connect not enough gap between the prongs

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it works

Richard from Wichita KS on 4/20/2017

2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it's supposed to.

Pros: It does what it says it does.

Cons: None

It's simple and it works.

Matthew from Carlisle, PA on 4/6/2017

2012 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like it should. Better than the cheaper ebay connector I bought that only connected to one side.

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Does what it's supposed to do.

Mike from Colorado Springs, CO on 2/24/2017

2008 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It plugs in, and adapts the antenna. Nothing special. Works well.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Palo Alto, CA on 2/2/2017

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

installed as a package with alpine receiver and works perfectly

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European Antenna Adapter

Mark from Austin, TX on 1/3/2017

1991 Toyota MR2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked without issue. First time to have to install a powered antenna adapter but it was self explanatory. Leave it to VW to go to great lengths to over-engineer what could be a very simple connection!

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European Antenna Adapter

Don from Sugar Land, TX on 12/29/2016

2007 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Keeps the install clean

Pros: works great with OEM harness

Cons: must find additional room in a cramped area for some

Great product

Randall from Chattanooga, TN on 12/29/2016

2015 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great with my Volkswagen Passat and aftermarket radio.

Pros: Price

Cons: None

Remember to power it!

Anonymous from Aliquippa, PA on 11/28/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works Ok once you wire the Blue wire to the amp power on wire. Lack of directions caused my reduction. I never had to wire antenna before, so figured I did it correctly. Tech support would have solved this very quickly if I had thought to contact them.

Pros: It works

Cons: Lack of printed instructions in the installation documents.

European Antenna Adapter

Paul from West Richland, WA on 11/7/2016

2012 Volkswagen GTI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great in my 2012 VW GTI. Had to read on the net how the amplifier needs to be powered up (blue wire) on the FAKRA antenna adapter/converter to get good AM reception.

Pros: Easy install with the aftermarket radio

Cons: No instruction set came with the unit.

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Amarillo, TX on 11/3/2016

2012 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfect in my VW Golf R.

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Doing the job

Anonymous from Mountain View, CA on 8/29/2016

2013 Volkswagen CC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine.

Pros: Just working.

Cons: A bit too big to fit in the back for some radios-cars.

Fit OK but Missing Instructions

Robert from Los Angeles, CA on 7/6/2016

2011 Volkswagen GTI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Of all the things Crutchfield sent with the Pioneer HU, the 3 star rating reflects the lack of instructions for this piece. I spent 3 weekends prepping the Idata Maestro modules, wiring harness, and pulling out those darn VW interior panels (really really hard). I finally got to the point where I could use the adapter, opened the package and saw an electrical wire I had to hook up, besides the antenna cable connections. My brain went ???!?!?!? because it was the weekend. After half an hour, studying the wire harness diagram and reading what little came with the adapter (the wire was for an inline amplifier), walking around and thinking about the power on sequence for the HU, I remembered my first car radio install EONS AGO was on a Toyota with a power antenna. The antenna only telescoped when the radio was turned on. So I crossed my fingers and re-crimped the wires for the AMP turn on, but the Pioneer diagrams (the Pioneer manual is wonderfully detailed!) said only 300 milliamps on the wire. The antenna adapter packaging had no info on how much current it needed. So I gave up on running it to the powered subwoofer. If I knew the power requirements I could have figured out if I could have also used it to power on external amps. In the end it works, but some radio stations are sound weaker compared to the OEM radio. I don't own RF signal power equipment so I can't say if it was the adapter or Pioneer HU.

Pros: The adapters to the weird connectors to the antenna fit and I could tell which were for the radio antenna (dual connectors) versus the Sirius antenna (single).

Cons: No instructions on what to do with an extra wire and no info on power requirements - how many milliamps did it need ?

Crutchfield response on 7/11/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Makes it Tons easier!

Dan from Central Illinois on 7/3/2016

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great reception and simple to install.

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

OK, but

Lyn from Hilton Head Island, SC on 7/2/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

bulky and does not provide equivalent reception for local FM channels vs. factory powered antenna

Pros: good price, rapid delivery

Cons: does not provide the best reception

Crutchfield response on 7/5/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great

Gene B from Gainesville, TX on 6/5/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works and fits great.

Pros: Great radio reception

Cons: none

Didn't fit car exactly. Had to remove connector and tape together.

James from Batavia, OH on 4/10/2016

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't come with any instructions for the blue wire. Also the 2 separate connectors would not fit on the Jetta's single dual connector. I don't get any AM signal, but I don't listen to AM anyway.

Pros: FM/HD radio works.

Cons: Doesn't fit my vehicle as expected.

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from duluth, MN on 3/23/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does the job, Easy connection.

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European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Madison, sd on 2/28/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

reception on the new pioneer radio is not very good on my 2010 jetta tdi, not sure whats wrong, wired as per instructions.

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Crutchfield response on 3/1/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

European Antenna Adapter

tmiller from morehead city, NC on 2/22/2016

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy to connect.

Pros: easy to connect to existing wiring

Cons: reception not as good as old radio

European Antenna Adapter

Jose from Pearl river , ny on 2/20/2016

Quick and easy, don't forget to connect the antenna power blue wire.

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Euro antenna adapter

Joe P from Milford, CT on 2/16/2016

2012 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly to connect my pioneer AVH head unit in my 2013 VW Golf.

Pros: Easy install. Clear instructions.

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

BryanG from Texas on 1/18/2016

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a super easy install and I think my radio reception is improved.

Pros: Easy Install Improved Radio Reception

Cons: VW needs an adapter for everything.

Perfect Fit

jkcooney from Nevada on 1/7/2016

2013 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit to conform to European standards for antennae installation in my 2013 VW Jetta. Easy to install. Wiring harness somewhat difficult to stow away but not a big deal.

Pros: Good quality. Easy installation. Perfect fit.

Cons: Wiring harness somewhat difficult to neatly stow.

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Illinois on 1/4/2016

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit with no problems

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European Antenna Adapter

Rick T from Kansas on 1/2/2016

2014 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A must have for AM Head unit, quick easy install, reasonable price

Pros: Well constructed, Reasonable Price

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Donny D from Virginia on 12/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was used with a Kenwood DDX393 and the system has the worst radio reception. My stock radio In my 2010 VW Jetta got 10 times better reception.

Pros: None

Cons: Doesn't work

Antenna connection

Doug from Michigan on 12/18/2015

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simple to install and connects were perfect on my 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen.

Pros: Good Reception

Cons: None

Easy install

Jeff from Kentucky on 12/15/2015

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install. It took 10 minutes and my new stereo works great. Existing wire harness remains the same if you ever want to switch to a factory stereo. Crutchfield did a great job setting me up with what I needed for my install!

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

Adapter for 09 Jetta Sedan

KeiranSolaris from Maryland on 12/14/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This antenna adapter is ok, reception isn't as good as the original unit in the car but it does work. 3 stars because the two connectors are much too close together to connect both the clips from the car. I had to remove the green plastic and then shove the loose wire into the VW clip and electrical tape the whole thing together to make sure it stays. Really need an adapter that looks like Item #: 12040EU55 but with 2 wires instead of 1.

Pros: Works

Cons: Does not actually without modification.

Antenna Adaptor

KP from New Hampshire on 12/3/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adaptor fit perfectly on the first try

Pros: It fit on the first try.

Cons: This was the second adaptor which delayed my install by 3 days. it would be nice to be able to avoid this problem.

Poor reception, but probably not the adapter's fault

Mike M from Maryland on 11/18/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this antenna adapter to connect the stock antenna to a Kenwood Excelon DPX791BH receiver. The receiver had compatible connectors so installation was fairly straightforward aside from not being sure whether I needed to connect the blue wire to power (I did). After the installation FM reception was much worse than it was with the stock stereo - until the stock unit spontaneously died I had no problems at all with reception. The weak signal is much more noticeable because of the Kenwood's digital tuner and the frequent switching between digital and analog signals, but in analog mode the signal is definitely weaker, just not completely terrible.

Pros: Simple and inexpensive

Cons: Weaker reception than stock

antenna adapter

bob from Ohio on 11/15/2015

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

fit and function well no problem

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Instructions would be nice

K2 from New Jersey on 10/6/2015

2008 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter works well enough but the lack of any type of instruction with it was a bit frustrating. After some searching the web I found out that if I didn't connect the blue wire then the signal reception would be significantly worse even though it still works without it.

Pros: Reception seems good.

Cons: No instructions

Antenna adaptor for Volkswagen 2011 Jetta

Joe T from Ashland, Kentucky on 9/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was fairly easy, but took a couple of minutes to figure out how to disconnect from the factory one.

Pros: Fitted well and was easy to install after getting factory wiring unplugged. It did take me a few minutes was worried about ripping the original wiring that you needed. But all in all it turned out.

Cons: Could of had some instructions on how to separate the small wiring harness so you could install the new one. Everything else was easy.

Antenna Adapter

Kevin B from Pennsylvania on 8/23/2015

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does exactly what I need it to, instructions are useful and the item itself does the job well.

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Not Impressed

JeffM from Stafford, VA on 8/22/2015

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didn't think it was possible to have worse reception than the stock head unit/antenna setup on my 09 VW Jetta SW - but this adapter convinced me otherwise. I swapped out the stock HU for a Pioneer. I've had great success with Pioneer SuperTuners in the past. The only thing different this time was this adapter, which is needed to couple the VW's 2 cable system to the Pioneer's single antenna socket. I went from getting 10 stations in my driveway to 3. This unit also has a blue wire and absolutely zero instructions - so I've no idea what to do with it. As is mentioned in other reviews here, the connectors don't match the VW connectors at all. I had to remove the connector housing and connect each cable individially. There's got to be a better way to do this. I'm now considering replacing my factory antenna with a standard 31" whip antenna. I've been using those since I started driving in the mid-1970's - and they work.

Pros: None. Seriously - none.

Cons: No instructions - AT ALL. Connectors don't fit. Once connected, reception is horrible.

Crutchfield response on 8/26/2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

European Antenna Adapter - Works fine

PeteL from Colorado Springs, CO on 7/6/2015

2008 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine, but not getting quite the reception I was with the factory antenna.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Less reception

Great for aftermarket install

C. K. Eskew from North Carolina on 5/14/2015

2007 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Been waiting for a while to have a wiring harness that keeps factory antenna. Reception quality is not the same but is hardly noticeable.

Pros: Keeps factory antenna

Cons: Slight loss of reception quality

Didn't fit properly

JasonC from Utah on 4/28/2015

2009 Volkswagen CC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For an antenna adapter it looks to work fine but the connections didn't match up to the factory system in my VW CC

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: didn't have the proper connections

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Florida on 3/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had much difficulty because was sent a single plug adapter which fit in to the satellite radio antenna but not the AM/FM. Once we got it straightened out that my Jetta has a dual plug adapter it went smooth.

Pros: Worked great once I got correct adapter

Cons: Might have to go by VIN when ordering adapter to get correct one for vehicle. Apparently 2010 Jetta made changes in that year.

European Antenna Adapter

Lars from Clinton, NY on 3/19/2015

2012 Volkswagen CC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replacement Radio for my VW had a Motorola antenna connector while my car had two antennas using a dual Fakra connector. Radio came with an adapter with a single Fakra. Radio reception was spotty. Ordered the European Antenna Adapter with dual Fakra connector. Fit perfectly- very easy install. Radio reception now great. Highly recommended.

Pros: Fits perfectly

Cons: None

2010 VW

Davek from Ohio on 2/11/2015

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Houston, Texas on 1/27/2015

2013 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

perfect fit, as advertised

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Did the trick

Paul from New Hampshire on 4/17/2014

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not much can be said about this product other than it works as expected.

Pros: Nicely made and works as it should.

Cons: Not a single one.

Antenna Adapter

Joe from Bantam, ct on 3/5/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Be careful to get the correct adapter. There are two types used in VW Jetta Sport wagon. Tell customer service representative what type of antenna you have (short roof or long antenna) so you get the right one!

Pros: Good reception. Easy to install

Cons: Have 50/50 chance of getting the correct adapter since VW uses both types. Depends on antenna type!

European Antenna Adapter

dave from hudson, wi on 1/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the second adapter that Crutchfield sent me and it still didn't fit my car. I had to cut the plug in half because my car had 2 single plugs instead of the dual plug shown in picture

Pros: it works and reception is great

Cons: didn't really fit my car

OEM adaptation!

JC from Fairport, NY on 12/27/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, no downgraded radio reception

Pros: Not bulky at all, will fit behind your aftermarket radio with no problems.

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Wade from Reno, NV on 9/13/2013

2013 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Needed this product to install an aftermarket Alpine unit in a 2013 Volkswagen Golf. Crutchfield is your one stop shopping page !

Pros: Item worked exactly as stated. Instructions were clear, easy to install

Cons: As noted by others, the reception is not as good as the OEM

Works, but no wiring information.

Dave k> from MI on 9/3/2013

2007 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Certainly worked as advertised, but didn't come with any wiring information. It only has one wire coming off it, but I wasn't sure if that wire was a simple "AM Antenna", or if I should run power to it. Turns out you need to run power to it.

Pros: Easy install.

Cons: No wiring information provided.

Not as good as OEM

SamW from Sugar Land, TX on 7/3/2013

2007 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

While this adapter was easy to install and does work, I have noticed a noticeable decrease in my reception clarity.

Pros: Easy to install and does work

Cons: Receptions does not seem to be as good as OEM

European antenna adapter

J from Clifton nj on 8/14/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This antenna was very easy to install. No splicing wires just plug and play

Pros:

Cons: The only thing I can say negative is that some of my radio stations I get some static but I hardly listen to the turner radio anyway

European Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from VA on 7/20/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I received this free with my purchase of a Pioneer receiver and i now have better reception than with my stock radio.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Supposedly just cramming an American antenna wire into a European plug is not the proper way to install stuff. Since I'd like it to work I figured I'd get the adapter. [ Name Namery  Oct 17, 2017 ]
It was in the package and I couldn't remove it. I have no need nor intention of installing this. [ Gabriel  Oct 12, 2017 ]
I am putting this unit in a european car [ Andrew  Oct 09, 2017 ]
It was needed to install a receiver/cd player in my Jetta [ LINDSEY CLYDE  Sep 12, 2017 ]
It's needed to connect factory-installed antenna to pretty much any aftermarket stereo, if you have a German car. [ Alexey  Sep 09, 2017 ]
nice if your head unit can also function the radio [ Mike  Aug 29, 2017 ]
Required antenna adapter for my vehicle [ J  Aug 04, 2017 ]
because i needed it. hoe [ Enrique  Jul 31, 2017 ]
Installing my Pioneer into my 2011 CC. [ Bob  Jul 13, 2017 ]
to fit my 2013 Volkswagen Jetta [ Phillip  Jul 01, 2017 ]
I have a VW Jetta and need this to complete the installation [ A  Jun 29, 2017 ]
Crutchfield tech support made me confident that I was purchasing the correct antenna adapter for my aftermarket radio. [ Robert  Jun 12, 2017 ]
I have a German car. This is needed to connect the factory antenna to an aftermarket radio. [ Terry  Jun 04, 2017 ]
I drive a European car. [ Steven  May 26, 2017 ]
It came with the kit [ Brian  May 26, 2017 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield Technician [ Gary  May 09, 2017 ]
Needed [ Roger  Apr 27, 2017 ]
needed to install aftermarket radio in my Passatt [ JOHN  Mar 03, 2017 ]
this is a direct adapter for an American style head unit, to a European antenna. [ Bruce  Feb 26, 2017 ]
It was recommended as part of the kit for my car. [ Russell  Feb 21, 2017 ]
because it fits [ Dzenana  Feb 20, 2017 ]
I purchased the European Antenna Adapter because I wanted to sustain the OEM posture during aftermarket installation. [ Patrick  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Recommended [ Cal  Feb 08, 2017 ]
New Stereo [ Brian  Feb 05, 2017 ]
European stock antennae have a different connector than American decks utilize. In order to receive AM/FM radio in your car through the stock antennae you will need this item. [ Hardt  Jan 23, 2017 ]
I needed this to complete the installation of items bought previously [ Timothy  Jan 17, 2017 ]
Needed for install [ T  Jan 03, 2017 ]
came with kit [ David C.  Dec 07, 2016 ]
Item chosen as a suggestion to work with the installation. [ Aaron  Dec 04, 2016 ]
To add AM/FM capability in my 2011 Volkswagen Jetta [ Kyler  Dec 03, 2016 ]
European car [ Michael  Oct 01, 2016 ]
Apparently required for the installation [ Mark  Aug 29, 2016 ]
This part is required to have a working AM/FM antenna in newer VW cars. [ David  Aug 15, 2016 ]
recommended for my mk6 jetta gli [ Gus  Aug 13, 2016 ]
I think I needed it for my install. [ Caleb A.  Jun 30, 2016 ]
Crutchfield indicated this was necessary. [ A  Jun 18, 2016 ]
It was suggested [ Courtney  Jun 17, 2016 ]
I have a VW [ Brandon  May 25, 2016 ]
Necessary for my vehicle [ Jeffrey Jay  Apr 17, 2016 ]
VW Car needed adapter [ JAMES  Mar 28, 2016 ]
Need it [ Vazquez  Mar 09, 2016 ]
For my Volkswagen Jetta [ Daniel  Mar 01, 2016 ]
I have a VW so in order to get my factory antenna to work with my aftermarket radio, I needed this cable. [ Aeryk  Feb 23, 2016 ]
It was included with the suggested installation package. [ KEVIN  Jan 23, 2016 ]
I want to keep many of my OEM antenna/adapters in place. [ FRANK  Dec 30, 2015 ]
The receiver won't pick up any stations without it. [ Gary  Dec 09, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

I have the same problem; all my connections are made as the instructions stated and I've never had good reception. Unfortunately, I've never been able to figure this one out. [ DOUGLAS  Apr 20, 2017 ]
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