Monday, December 20, 2010
Ham Radio Expert Helps Chevy Hide Antenna
The 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible boasts new AM/FM antenna technology, thanks to its fans and one ham radio operator.
Fans spoke out after leaked photos of the new Camaro revealed an AM/FM whip antenna on the rear deck lid.
According to the Car Tech blog at cnet.com, Chevy turned to ham radio operator and antenna expert Don Hibbard to help redesign the car's antenna. Hibbard and colleague Gregg Kittinger were challenged to conceal the AM/FM antenna without sacrificing radio reception.
"We weren't sure that it would be possible," said Kittinger. "Typically antennas are hidden in a vehicle's rear window, but with a retractable soft-top roof, that's not an option."
The result was an innovative way to build put the antenna inside the rear spoiler. Hibbard talks about the unorthodox placement of the antenna and the number of technical challenges it presented in the video.
Posted 12:04:00 AM