RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-16-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Radio antenna needed?

Was wondering what the consensus is on whether I should keep a radio antenna. Mine looks to be in good shape but is the source of a small water leak when it rains.I'm thinking of just removing and patching the hole as I did with the TV antenna. The gasket is in seriously bad shape on this one and a new one will need to be made.
Will a portable radio work inside all that aluminum, with it's antenna?
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 09:17 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,497
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverHoot View Post
Was wondering what the consensus is on whether I should keep a radio antenna. Mine looks to be in good shape but is the source of a small water leak when it rains.I'm thinking of just removing and patching the hole as I did with the TV antenna. The gasket is in seriously bad shape on this one and a new one will need to be made.
Will a portable radio work inside all that aluminum, with it's antenna?
Yes, but not very well.

Andy
__________________
Andy Rogozinski
Inland RV Center
Corona, CA
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 10:02 AM   #3
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,219
Images: 25
Why not just fix the leak around the antenna?
__________________
ďCourage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.Ē
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Here's what I have

Aage,

Probably will go ahead and fix it. Any ideas on gasket material? Not sure what this old gasket was looks like a paper product.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4556.JPG
Views:	113
Size:	227.0 KB
ID:	119436  
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,564
Michael,

I have an AM/FM Kraco that was installed in my 68 at some point. It is old but works. We listen to it all the time and the antenna is a must. I have tried a portable inside. Local FM is fair to poor, distant FM and AM is no go. When inside the trailer you are basically in a large aluminum Faraday cage which blocks RF signals.
__________________
__________________
Bruce & Rachel
__________________
68 Trade Wind
2001 Toyota Tundra
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Bruce,

Thanks for the input and was what I figured to be the case. Need to figure out the gasket. I may make a plate about the size of the old gasket out of some heavy gauge aluminum with gasket/sealer between the plate and the skin and the plate and the antenna.
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 11:01 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Ag&Au's Avatar
 
Port Orchard , Washington
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 4,464
Images: 1
Faradays are illusive

Quote:
Originally Posted by 68 TWind View Post
Michael,

I have an AM/FM Kraco that was installed in my 68 at some point. It is old but works. We listen to it all the time and the antenna is a must. I have tried a portable inside. Local FM is fair to poor, distant FM and AM is no go. When inside the trailer you are basically in a large aluminum Faraday cage which blocks RF signals.
I found this illustration of a Faraday cage. Unfortunately the door has been left ajar, and the Faraday has escaped.






Ken
Ag&Au is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 11:18 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,564
They are really hard to get back in the cage!!! Better watch out.
__________________
__________________
Bruce & Rachel
__________________
68 Trade Wind
2001 Toyota Tundra
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 11:24 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
noreen&sal's Avatar
 
1981 27' Excella II
mays landing , South Jersey
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,179
Images: 9
Buy gasket material at auto parts store. Bed with some vulcum or other non silicone caulk. As an aside, my radio is hooked up to the original roll-up antenna. Have picked up philadelphia stations as far as Virginia Beach and Bath, NY. Sal. And replace those bolts with stainless. Sal.
__________________
Sal & Nora
Let us live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain
AIR 42483
TAC N.J. 17
WBCCI 24740
noreen&sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
I actually think the gasket material will need to be fairly rigid and at least as large as what is left of the old one, so that the stresses are spread.
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 12:11 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
tkasten's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Vassar , Michigan
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 848
Images: 6
I put a 12v radio/cassette player from a truck that was updated to a CD player in my Safari. It was free so I gave it a go and it really works well. I too got rid of the antenna on my Safari and patched the hole. All I did was lay out an antenna wire inside the over head cabinet. That is also were the radio/cassette player is installed. I'm amazed at how well it works.
__________________
Tim
TAC MI 14

Everyday is a Saturday
tkasten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 12:14 PM   #12
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,219
Images: 25
Hootie,

I was going to say just something simple like inner tube, but after seeing the size of your antenna's base, something thicker and fairly flexible might be in order. It appears to me that the base is sitting on a curved portion of the body, and therefore the gasket will need to fill a fair bit.

As Sal mentioned, a liberal dousing with Vulkem is also a necessity.
__________________
ďCourage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.Ē
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 12:51 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Going to patch

Just put a portable radio in it and checked reception, worked great! I'm going to go ahead and do as Tim did and put one out of sight in the endcap storage area above the dinette.
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 03:05 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
r carl's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Lin , Ne
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,430
I would clean it up and put it back on with vulkem.
r carl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 03:21 PM   #15
4 Rivet Member
 
walter1's Avatar
 
1964 22' Safari
Foresthill , California
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 257
Hey SilverHoot,
Please keep us informed how your fix goes. I have similar antenna issues.

When you get it apart could you please post photos of how it goes together (ball joint, mount, antenna wire)?

I tried to remove mine, starting with the allen screw, and it felt like I was twisting wires inside...so smart enough to STOP for now.

Thanks, Walter
walter1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 05:07 PM   #16
Rivet Master
 
TG Twinkie's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,008
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
The three rusty looking screws at the base are the way to remove the antenna. They appear to be sheetmetal screws. The allen head screw is to adjust the angle of the antenna. When you remove the three screws the whole thing should pull out slightly from the body of the trailer. Make a new gasket; caulk it; reassemble it with new screws. You should be good to go.
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 07:51 PM   #17
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Will Do

Quote:
Originally Posted by walter1 View Post
Hey SilverHoot,
Please keep us informed how your fix goes. I have similar antenna issues.

When you get it apart could you please post photos of how it goes together (ball joint, mount, antenna wire)?

I tried to remove mine, starting with the allen screw, and it felt like I was twisting wires inside...so smart enough to STOP for now.

Thanks, Walter

I'll take some pics tomorrow.
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #18
Rivet Master
 
SilverHoot's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Greenville , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,106
Blog Entries: 3
Rusty screws

Quote:
Originally Posted by TG Twinkie View Post
The three rusty looking screws at the base are the way to remove the antenna. They appear to be sheetmetal screws. The allen head screw is to adjust the angle of the antenna. When you remove the three screws the whole thing should pull out slightly from the body of the trailer. Make a new gasket; caulk it; reassemble it with new screws. You should be good to go.
The screws are not sheet metal screws, but machine thread and have nuts on the interior I'll post pics tomorrow.
SilverHoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 08:17 PM   #19
Rivet Master
 
TG Twinkie's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,008
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
????????

Wow! That surprises me. Will wait for the pics.
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 08:45 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
TouringDan's Avatar
 
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Lynchburg , Virginia
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,825
I think I have seen a similar antenna that is available from Radio Shack for about $30. I believe it is a CB antenna. I am not sure of how well it would work for FM reception. Shown below is the antenna on a 63 Globtrotter. So one option is just to replace the antenna with a new one.

Dan
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3746.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	333.6 KB
ID:	119479  
TouringDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clipper, Land Yacht, Radio TV Speakers masseyfarm Audio, Video & TV 2 06-23-2013 11:49 PM
Looked at airstreams today.. Advice needed. mikeandnora Buyer Guidelines 45 02-10-2011 12:27 AM
Frame Fabricator Needed in Alabama Benjo Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 14 01-30-2011 08:03 PM
Courtesy parking or rental parking needed, Perris Valley, California skydiva Our Community 1 01-13-2011 07:13 PM
Radio on house battery michalakes Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 1 01-05-2011 03:07 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.