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can the antenna wire on an xm radio antenna wire be shortened with out causing reception problems. the wire is extremely long and having a time routing it ?
 

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I haven't tried it but I'm pretty sure the length of the wire has no bearing on the function of the antenna.

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JimC in NC (USA)
 

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Yes, if you can successfully deal with such small wire and connectors, it can be shortened...

Keep in mind that the receiver sensitivity and antenna are matched in such a way that the automatic gain control of the receiver is expecting a signal of nominally a certain value and to shorten the cable is to eliminate some loses, so the signal will be stronger... It is possible to have too strong of a signal, but the agc of the receiver most likely can handle it.. I would be more concerned about lengthening the cable as signal would be lost..
 

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If you aren't practiced in the art of repairing sub-miniature coax, I would just coil that thing up without any sharp kinks and stuff it where it won't get damaged.

A GPS receiver is never going to have a problem with signal overload. most of them do quite well even with a 100 foot run of RG-174 extension cable in series with the GPS antenna.

In my shop, we call the antenna a "Hockey Puck" because of the appearance. :waving:

As long as the antenna is not covered with any metal parts, it will do quite well inside the fairing or even better yet, mount the antenna inside the trunk lid with velcro on top of the antenna sticking it to the trunk lid.
 

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AZgl1500 wrote:
If you aren't practiced in the art of repairing sub-miniature coax, I would just coil that thing up without any sharp kinks and stuff it where it won't get damaged....
and that is what I ended up doing.. I would like to have had it shorter, but wasn't going to deal with the connector on that small coax.. a bad connection is far worse than some extra coax..
 

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I found one designed for MC on Ebay. The cord was only about 10-12 inches. Works great, and no big bundle of wire tucked up someplace. Used XM Motorcycle as the search description, and it came right up. All this about 6 mos ago.
 

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Kinda ugly.. but THIS link shows how one person shortened his antenna coax...


and add THIS LINK
 
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