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Old 12-17-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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Sad news for anyone wanting an aftermarket spoiler on a 'vert

http://jalopnik.com/5714539/how-a-ha...ro-convertible

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When spy shots surfaced of the pre-production 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible sporting an AM/FM whip antenna positioned on the rear deck lid, mullet-wearing fan-boys began to bitch. So Chevy called in an unexpected problem-solver — a Ham radio geek.

After realizing the enthusiasts hated the idea of an R/C car-like whip antenna on the rear deck lid, Chevrolet commissioned self-described "antenna freak" Don Hibbard, an antenna test performance engineer, to find a way to fix it. "Antennas are a beautiful thing to me," says Hibbard.

Hibbard and colleague Gregg Kittinger had to do what some thought was impossible: conceal the AM/FM antenna without sacrificing radio reception. Adding to the problem is that, as Kittinger says, "Typically antennas are hidden in a vehicle's rear window, but with a retractable soft-top roof, that's not an option." So putting it inside the Camaro's windows? Yeah, that's not going to happen.

The two, who share three other patents, accepted the challenge despite Kittinger's belief it wasn't likely impossible.

But the two 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 ten 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."

But the main morale of the story? Mullet-wearing Camaro fan-boys will bitch about pretty much anything. But hey, Chevy will try to make them happy nonetheless.

The secondary morale of the story? When you have a girlfriend who's a licensed Ham radio operator — and knows Morse code like the back of her hand — you'll find any story about Ham radios to be absolutely enthralling.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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Can I take the author of this article out back and shoot him? I don't want to kill him, just want to wound him a bit.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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well that REALLY SUCKS.......
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:18 AM   #4
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Can I take the author of this article out back and shoot him? I don't want to kill him, just want to wound him a bit.
I'm right there with you. I managed to ignore all the mullet references once I realized that swapping out the spoiler on the 'vert wasn't going to be a simple job, like it is on the coupe.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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Guess we at Fesler need to get a vert and make a new spoiler that will house the antenna...
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:30 AM   #6
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I'd be curious to see how it's housed. If it's physically molded into the spoiler plastic, that could get a bit tricky...
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:42 AM   #7
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HAHAHA LOLZ another mullet Camaro driver joke. God I'm so sick of this.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:46 AM   #8
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And Jalopnik further reinforces its reputation as a sham of a media outlet.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:47 AM   #9
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You dont have to have a mullet to drive our cars?? Sooo, I can stop growing out my Kentucky waterfall?

That is cool what they did however
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Some of y'all are missing the point here...It's not about Ray Wert's horrible writing style or stereotypical references.
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Who would be most likely to wear a mullet....a super geek still into ham radio in his mom's basement or an owner of the most appealing car built?
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:49 AM   #12
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Who would be most likely to wear a mullet....a super geek still into ham radio in his mom's basement or an owner of the most appealing car built?
But if we only wanted the facts, we might have rather read the article that Becky refers to in her post:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120437
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:50 AM   #13
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I don't think there's THAT much reason to worry. There's a huge market out there and several vendors who will come up with innovative solutions of their own so that convertible lovers can customize their cars as much as us coupe lovers.

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Old 12-17-2010, 01:57 PM   #14
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The video shows them removing a solid piece of aluminum from the spoiler with a right and left channel connected by wires, which can be installed into an aftermarket spoiler if it is hollow enough. I think this small issue will come to pass and the aftermarket will respond just as GM has in finding a solutions to the protests put up about the previous whip antennae.
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