W123 : bad FM reception with automatic antenna

Hi,
Got a Pioneer radio as a gift, but FM reception is pretty bad.
There was no radio in the car when i bought it, so i have no idea how reception was with the previous model.
The antenna an automatic model and looks like it is the original. However it only rolls out 2 "joints" making it no longer than about 10 inches.
Could this be the cause for the bad reception and should it go up about level with the roof, as i can see is the normal length for manual antennas ?
Thanks, Jesper
280 CE ΄84 http://w123.homepage.dk
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Antenna too short, likely to be cause of problem., especially when car is moving. Should be roof level or slightly higher.
Have you tried pulling on it as it struggles up (can you hear the motor whirring?)
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Hi Jesper,
Also try and ensure the earth wire is properly connected. This could also cause disruption with the reception.
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On Wed, 26 Nov 2003, Dori Schmetterling wrote:
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you may want to make sure that the bottom section of the mast comes all the way up. If it does not, the mast may not make contact with the antenna lead to the radio. Horst

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The antenna needs to deploy completely for good reception. Work a little silicon spray into the mast as it travels up and down and after you get it working properly, keep it clean and lubriicated with the silicon. Then crank up the tunes! Dale (not Camille) '88 560SL '00 CL500
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Re: W123 : bad FM reception with automatic antenna Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2003, 7:25am (EST+5) From: snipped-for-privacy@noalaskaspam.net (Camille) The antenna needs to deploy completely for good reception. Work a little silicon spray into the mast as it travels up and down and after you get     it working properly, keep it clean and lubriicated with the silicon. Then crank up the tunes! Dale (not Camille) '88 560SL '00 CL500 Horst wrote: you may want to make sure that the bottom section of the mast comes all the way up. If it does not, the mast may not make contact with the antenna lead to the radio. Horst
Hi, Got a Pioneer radio as a gift, but FM reception is pretty bad. There was no radio in the car when i bought it, so i have no idea how reception was with the previous model. The antenna an automatic model and looks like it is the original. However it only rolls out 2 "joints" making it no longer than about 10 inches. Could this be the cause for the bad reception and should it go up about level with the roof, as i can see is the normal length for manual antennas ? Thanks, Jesper 280 CE ΄84 http://w123.homepage.dk xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx oil attracts dirt just clean it as best as you can a new mast is not that much as long as the motor is OK
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Thanks for the answers.
The missing ground connection sounds plausible, but i have had the antenna box out, and it looks A-OK, except for the lentgh. So how long should the antenna come out (and maybe how many joints) ?
/Jesper
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It should be about 40" long when fully extended. Pioneer makes an excellent AM/FM radio with lots of sensitivity (pulling power) so you should be getting very good reception. Be sure to also check the connections at the back of the radio and check the antenna trimmer control(fine tuning) if your unit has one. It is also on the back on the radio. ____________________________________________

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