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Sorry, I can't tell you anything more than I got it at an Advance Auto here in Jensen Beach, FL. Might be able to find it online at the Advance website.
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I have a thirteen incher black one ....really like it.
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Food for thought:

Stubby's look great, however.....

For a radio's antenna to get maximum reception/performance, it must be mounted so that its peak [highest point] at full extension rises above the vehicle's highest point [read: roof]. Stand inside your bed, kneel down to level, and look at your OEM antenna. It's extends to where it does for that very reason.

Ask any [reputable] car audio tech if you don't believe me.

Sometimes [too often] appearence simply robs performance.

To each their own....
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Food for thought:

Stubby's look great, however.....

For a radio's antenna to get maximum reception/performance, it must be mounted so that its peak [highest point] at full extension rises above the vehicle's highest point [read: roof]. Stand inside your bed, kneel down to level, and look at your OEM antenna. It's extends to where it does for that very reason.

Ask any [reputable] car audio tech if you don't believe me.

Sometimes [too often] appearence simply robs performance.

To each their own....

My last car did not even have an external antenna, but a metallic film on the windshield, always got great reception.
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Long, short, stubby, thin, oh well as long as it does the job for what you need it to do. I will agree that if you live in the city, pretty well anything with a bit of wire will work for the local stations. As for being out in the boonies, ya, for sure a good antenna will work wonders. Its really up to what you need it to do that will determine what you install on your truck, that stubby works for me, I only listen to the radio for the local traffic reports and most are on AM, for the rest of the time, "Blue collar Comedy" on Sirius, Get ur done boys.
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Food for thought:

Stubby's look great, however.....

For a radio's antenna to get maximum reception/performance, it must be mounted so that its peak [highest point] at full extension rises above the vehicle's highest point [read: roof]. Stand inside your bed, kneel down to level, and look at your OEM antenna. It's extends to where it does for that very reason.

Ask any [reputable] car audio tech if you don't believe me.

Sometimes [too often] appearence simply robs performance.

To each their own....
I agree that as far as optimal reception goes, taller is better. But what about all those Chevys out there with the antennas sandwiched in the windshield? Obviously they didn't rise above the roof line and they still worked pretty good. My Harley doesn't even have a roofline and my shorty antenna works just fine. Just sayin'.
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Another Idea if you would like to completely get rid of your antenna

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Antennas that are "built" into the front or rear window are actually the very best type of antennas.

Why? Because the ENTIRE surface that the antennas is "built" into/onto [glass] acts like an antenna. Greater surface mass will always excel against any fender [body] mounted antenna.

My earlier comments were targeted at fender/body mounted antennas [mast].
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The length of the fender mounted antenna is based on wavelength. FM radio uses the band of 88Mhz to 108Mhz. The wavelength at 88Mhz is just over 11 feet and at 108Mhz it's just over 9 feet. Your truck antenna is based on the center of this band (98Mhz) which has a wavelength of just a bit over 10feet.

Because we really don't want a 10' antenna, we have the option of using a 1/2 wave or 1/4 wave antenna. Even at 5' (1/2 wave), we would be unhappy with it sticking up that high so the manufactures opted for 1/4 wave antenna which at 98Mhz is 30-1/8" long. A 1/4 wave antenna must be mounted to a ground plane. Because we mount the antenna on the fender, the ground plan is not correct in all directions which is why you can lose reception by turning a corner when in a fringe area, and also why the reception is different between driving away from or toward a radio station.

Once you reduce the antenna length below the 1/4 wave design, you loose reception in a hurry, and the usable distance is reduced exponentially the shorter the antenna gets.

In glass antennae line the GM vehicles used to use are a different animal, as they are setup as a 1/2 wave dipole. Although this should work better (and no ground plane is required) they are horizontally polarized. Unfortunately, not all FM stations broadcast in both vertical and horizontal polarization (they all broadcast in vertical), so the fender mounted antenna appears to work more consistently.
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