Sharkfin antenna experience
With all the threads about the Sharkfin antenna both pro and con,
I thought I'd share my experience with the install and performance of the antenna.
Ordered: 04-10 (Sunday)
Order confirmed: 04-11
Shipped USPS: 04-15
Paint and metallic bits were even and bright.
When placed on hood to compare, with a critical eye there was a slight difference in shade. No noticeable difference seen when installed.
Followed instructions exactly, alignment was a little tricky to eyeball.
Taped completely around the antenna, then used the existing antenna base as a point of reference to help with left to right alignment and to see that the antenna would not touch the oem antenna base.
Remembered to snugly tighten the screw attaching coiled sharkfin antenna lead to oem antenna base.
Peeled adhesive backing and pressed antenna firmly in place for two minutes - seemed like a lot longer than two minutes!
I am located about 25 miles north of the Tulsa metra area.
Inside the garage with the door closed (sheet metal door)
Overcast day, approx 78 degrees F.
Using the scan function of the 730N (rer):
With oem antenna, factory setup: Scan found 12 AM stations, 34 FM stations.
With sharkfin antenna: Scan found 7 AM station, 29 FM stations. All missing stations were received using the direct tune function.
I noticed no difference in Sat radio reception. Some days I can get signal inside the garage, some days I can't. Today I got good signal with all stations I tried, with both antennas.
Overall, I am pleased with the purchase and appearance of the antenna. I think the price and shipping is a little high ($69+$12). About $49+$7 would be more in line, even with the custom paint.
I hope this helps those who are 'on the fence' about purchase.