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Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

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Meg's Dad
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Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by Meg's Dad » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:19 am

I just installed my JVC Arsenal KD-AR8500 receiver (35 watts/channel rms) and 2 of my 4 Infinity 6812 speakers. The other two are going in this weekend. I had the basic 6 CD speaker system and 4 speakers in the doors.

My problem is that the am and fm reception is pretty bad. I knew this was a risk when getting an aftermarket stereo, but I want to make sure that I haven't missed something. Yes, I have rechecked the antenna connectons to the head unit. I bought a wiring harness for the car and soldered all wires together (I love standard colors for wiring). There was a blue wire labeled power antenna, but I think it is for the raising and lowering of a power antenna, not for antenna gain.

Is the antenna amplified somehow? If so, which wires need to be hooked up.

I have searched in the forums under amplified and antenna, but nothing is showing up.

By the way, the cd and sd drive inputs sound crazy good, much better than with the stock unit and speakers.
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by RStabb » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:21 pm

It has what is known as a EHAM (Electronic hidden antenna module) located
behind the right side rear quarter panel trim.
I'm having trouble posting the wiring diagram on this website.

Shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll see if I can send you the
diagram off of FMC's site.

RS
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by RStabb » Sat May 02, 2009 7:41 am

Meg's dad,

Check your latest email... I think you should see the images now.

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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by Meg's Dad » Sat May 02, 2009 4:04 pm

I have received them. Thanks for your help, Ron. Now I just have to wait till the rain clears before I can take it all apart again.
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by UK PONY » Sat May 02, 2009 10:19 pm

Does this apply to the '05 500's too?

I just installed a Pioneer AVH P4000- DVD today - didn't pay too much attention to the radio reception but will check it out tomorrow.
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by RStabb » Sat May 02, 2009 10:33 pm

UK PONY wrote:Does this apply to the '05 500's too?

I just installed a Pioneer AVH P4000- DVD today - didn't pay too much attention to the radio reception but will check it out tomorrow.
I believe the '05 500 has an external antenna, my Montego does.

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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by UK PONY » Sat May 02, 2009 10:36 pm

^^ It does - just checking I wasn't being a dumbass & missing something...lol

Thanks for the quick response :D
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by RStabb » Sat May 02, 2009 10:54 pm

No problem... Have a good night. 8)

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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by Meg's Dad » Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:15 pm

Finally. I hooked up the antenna power lead (blue) from the radio to the blue wire in the wiring harness. My tuner now pulls radio signals. So simple a caveman could do it. What worried me was the terminal end of the blue wire as it already had a bullet connector and most of the other wires didn't.

I thought it was for a powered antenna that went up and down, not for an antenna that needed power to function properly. I'm a little slowwwwww........ :)
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Re: Is '08 Taurus SEL antenna amplified?

Post by jon9314 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:27 pm

I just replaced my wife's radio with an aftermarket and am having the same problems with reception. Can you please post whatever you sent to the original poster that helped him fix this issue? Thanks in advance

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