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Old 12-17-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Camaro Convertible Radio Antenna Is Hidden in the...

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DETROIT – When spy shots surfaced of the pre-production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, an outcry went up among Camaro enthusiasts over the AM/FM whip antenna positioned on the rear deck lid.

Quite simply, they hated it.

Chevrolet was quick to respond, commissioning a self-described antenna freak named Don Hibbard to find a way to fix it. “Antennas are a beautiful thing to me,” says Hibbard, an antenna test performance engineer.

Engineers working on Camaro are passionate to drive perfection into every aspect of the vehicle. Hibbard and colleague Gregg Kittinger had to do what some thought was impossible: conceal the AM/FM antenna without sacrificing radio reception, while not putting it inside the Camaro's windows. The two, who share three other patents, happily accepted the challenge.

“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.”

So they came up with a novel approach – hide the antenna inside the rear spoiler. No one had tried that on a Chevrolet before because of the hit to radio reception.

“We responded to a legitimate criticism from devoted Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts and in 10 months found an innovative way to improve the overall aesthetics of the vehicle without sacrificing performance and quality,” said Kittinger.

While the shark fin antenna that transmits XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and cellular signals is still present on the car's deck lid, the built-in spoiler antenna eliminates the need for a longer, separate whip antenna to receive AM and FM radio signals.

Hibbard, a lifelong Ham radio enthusiast, says the unorthodox placement of the antenna within the body of the vehicle created a number of technical challenges, such as balancing form by preserving the car’s styling and function of unimpeded audio reception.

“Where other automakers have tried and failed, Chevy succeeded,” said Hibbard. “We hope to take what we’ve learned with the Camaro Convertible, build on it and apply it to future vehicles.”

The 2011 Camaro Convertible arrives in dealer showrooms this February.

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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Just one question? what happens if said buyer want to change to an aftermarket spoiler?
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:29 AM   #3
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Unless said aftermarket spoiler has an antenna built in, you're SOL I guess...
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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GM Media story: Camaro convertible antenna solution

From the GM Media site, the Camaro convertible antenna solution....

http://media.gm.com/content/media/us.../121710_camaro


Chevy Turns to Ham Radio Geek for Antenna Solution

Camaro Convertible is on his wavelength

2010-12-17


DETROIT – When spy shots surfaced of the pre-production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, an outcry went up among Camaro enthusiasts over the AM/FM whip antenna positioned on the rear deck lid.
Quite simply, they hated it.

Chevrolet was quick to respond, commissioning a self-described antenna freak named Don Hibbard to find a way to fix it. “Antennas are a beautiful thing to me,” says Hibbard, an antenna test performance engineer.
Engineers working on Camaro are passionate to drive perfection into every aspect of the vehicle. Hibbard and colleague Gregg Kittinger had to do what some thought was impossible: conceal the AM/FM antenna without sacrificing radio reception, while not putting it inside the Camaro's windows. The two, who share three other patents, happily accepted the challenge.

“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.”

So they came up with a novel approach – hide the antenna inside the rear spoiler. No one had tried that on a Chevrolet before because of the hit to radio reception.

“We responded to a legitimate criticism from devoted Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts and in 10 months found an innovative way to improve the overall aesthetics of the vehicle without sacrificing performance and quality,” said Kittinger.

While the shark fin antenna that transmits XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and cellular signals is still present on the car's deck lid, the built-in spoiler antenna eliminates the need for a longer, separate whip antenna to receive AM and FM radio signals.

Hibbard, a lifelong Ham radio enthusiast, says the unorthodox placement of the antenna within the body of the vehicle created a number of technical challenges, such as balancing form by preserving the car’s styling and function of unimpeded audio reception.

“Where other automakers have tried and failed, Chevy succeeded,” said Hibbard. “We hope to take what we’ve learned with the Camaro Convertible, build on it and apply it to future vehicles.”

The 2011 Camaro Convertible arrives in dealer showrooms this February.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:48 PM   #5
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Cool! Thinking outside the box is one of the reasons that makes me confident that the "new GM" will succeed.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:11 PM   #7
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Normally I fight for those that repost but...

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120435

Aboout two threads below yours...
Sorry about that, I looked and must have missed it! Just trying to spread good Camaro news, hopefully that's not a facepalm offense.
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Why not just put it in the windshield like they use to do ?
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:07 PM   #9
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Why not just put it in the windshield like they use to do ?
Sure, then they could listen to everyone B***H about it being in the windshield.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:17 PM   #10
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A.) People still use the radio?
B.) I hope they truly did preserve the reception. Reception is bad enough for me with normal antennas.
C.) GOOD WORK! I love innovation, it leads to bigger and better things.
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what about when you build it on chevy.com and that long antena come up on the rear trunk lid is that real or is it just the website?
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:24 PM   #13
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Radio Antenna on the Convertable

There were some negative comments about the design of the whip radio antenna shown on the early spy shots of the 2011 Convertible.

Here is the inside story out of Detroit.

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Interesting indeed. Innovative and clever.
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A.) People still use the radio?
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C.) GOOD WORK! I love innovation, it leads to bigger and better things.
I was bummed that they didn't offer a cassette player option. :(
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Ooops! Didn't see that. Thanks. I will delete my post

(edit) ....tried....can't delete.

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what about when you build it on chevy.com and that long antena come up on the rear trunk lid is that real or is it just the website?
The company who builds the Build-Your-Own function of the Chevy website messed up...... evidently.
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Why not just put it in the windshield like they use to do ?
Thats where it is in my 70 cutlass and you can barely notice it and it picks up station great.
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Very cool! Glad to know our vices are heard!
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Thats where it is in my 70 cutlass and you can barely notice it and it picks up station great.

i never notice it in my 71 monte... unless i take a picture through my windshield (5th gen camaros, funny plates/stickers, undercover cops, etc...)

i don't mind a whip antenna really... the bigger issue for me is the turd, er i mean third brake light. should have been in the spoiler, as the shark fin would look much better in the current third brake light spot. it just looks out of place in the middle of the trunk lid.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:39 PM   #24
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I think hiding the antenna in the spoiler is a great idea for the convertible. Although I agree there may be some issues when doing a mod on the spoiler. I don't think adding the third stop light in the spolier wouldv'e been a good idea though because all spoiler mods would then have to have a third stop light included.
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Wow thank goodness they fixed that! I can buy a vert now! WHOOOHOOOO!!!

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