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Adding a DAB/DAB+ aerial – DIY

Adding a DAB/DAB+ aerial – DIY is useful if you haven’t decided how to add on DAB/DAB+ support to your vehicle.

See the main article to see the other options – Adding a DAB/DAB+ aerial to the Volkswagen Golf Mark V & VI, Jetta, Passat and others The connector on the rear of the head unit is a Fakra Black Type A plug so a Fakra Black Type A jack (or a universal one) is required on the DIY aerial, see the this article for further information on Fakra connectors – FAKRA (SMB) Connector Information and Specifications.

In this example I’ve used a spare RNS 510 GPS aerial with RJ174 coax, cut off the GPS aerial and removed the Fakra Blue Type C jack housing from around the connector.

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Construction is simple.

1. Strip away the outer insulation and the braided shield from the first 300mm.

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2. Strip away the outer insulation on the next 230mm.

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3. Make a coil after the braided section of 50mm in diameter and secure with some electrical tape or similar.

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4. Add electrical tape or heatshrink to the end of the braided section as shown and the end of the aerial to enable it to be hung up.

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This aerial is best suited to a static environment such as a house but works quite well in a vehicle in various locations such as behind the front seats and the b-pillars.

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Original concept was from here – http://www.audiobritain.co.uk/DAB.html

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