Do I need a DAB ariel/antenna when installing a DAB radio in an older car?


Do you need a DAB aerial for car?

You need to have a suitable DAB aerial to receive DAB services. Portable DAB radios will usually have a telescopic one, but if you are retro-fitting a DAB radio into a car, you may need to add a DAB aerial. External aerials are also available for DAB and will significantly improve reception.

Do I need a powered DAB aerial?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Does a DAB antenna require power?” the answer is yes. An active aerial needs to be powered with your 12-volt car feed.

Can you convert an old radio to DAB?

Luckily, there’s a competitive market for aftermarket car digital radio adaptors, converting FM stereos to DAB with the minimum of fuss. These DAB radio converters connect to the factory-fitted stereo, so the looks and functionality of your car aren’t affected – and some don’t even require any fiddly wired connections.

Can a DAB radio be installed in any car?

All cars can be converted to receive digital radio if they don’t already. One way to do this is with a DAB adaptor – a device that attaches to the dashboard, letting you play DAB through your system. Another way is to fit a new radio that can receive DAB.

Will a DAB radio work with normal aerial?

Yes. Many existing FM aerials are ‘helically wound’. A helically wound aerial is short and stubby, and is usually roof-mounted. It is most often fitted to newer models and is designed to amplify the FM signal, so it may not work effectively with a DAB radio.

Is a DAB aerial different to normal radio?

TV & Radio Antennas Use Different Frequencies



The broadcasting frequencies used by TV aerials, FM and DAB radio are all different. Radio is broadcast in the Very High Frequency (VHF) band and TV aerials use the Ultra High Frequency (VHF) band.

Where do you put the DAB aerial in a car?

The antenna should be located on the passenger side of the front windscreen. Ensure that there is an approximate 15cm gap at the top of the antenna film and a 7cm gap from the side of the windscreen to the vertical strip of the antenna film as shown.

Where do you put DAB antenna in car?

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This type of aerial is installed on the passenger side of the windscreen. So that it's not in the drivers vision. This particular aerial has two wires one for the da B signal.

What is a DAB antenna?

This combined omni-directional radio antenna, DAB-FM F is used for FM (analog radio) and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) simultaneous or individual signal reception. The antenna has a single coaxial cable connection carrying both FM & DAB signals which can be diplexed out later (at the head-end, wall outlet etc).

Is it worth getting a DAB car radio?

Advantages of DAB Radio in your car



better quality sound quality as more information is sent over quicker wavelengths. more channel choice as the digital platforms provides more space. easier to find channels as many stations have set channels (similar to your TV) no need to manually search for new radio channels.

Why is my DAB radio not working in my car?

Poor DAB reception can also be caused by equipment used in the vehicle. For example, phone chargers or dash cams sometimes cause interference and affect your radio signal. Try unplugging the items to see if one of them is causing any interference.

Are DAB adapters any good?

Let’s start with a DAB car adapter from a brand that we know and love – Pure. The Pure radio company is one of the best-known and most respected in the UK, delivering an excellent blend of amazing design, high performance audio quality, and smooth functionality.

How can I DAB my old car?

How to add DAB+ Digital Radio to your car

  1. DAB+ over a factory USB port. If you’re lucky enough to have a factory equipped USB port with MP3 support, it’s likely you could make the most of Dension’s flagship DAB+ unit, the DAB+U. …
  2. DAB+ over a AUX input or FM transmission. …
  3. Utilising an existing Dension adapter.


How can I improve my DAB signal in my car?

You can try to improve DAB radio reception by using a new, stronger aerial in your car or investing in an aerial for your home. Aerials and antennas are designed to improve the signal of your radio systems.

How can I listen to digital radio in my car?

Connect your smartphone to listen to your favourite station or radio app in your car

  1. Aux in. Most cars feature a 3.5mm aux in jack, either on the stereo unit or underneath it. …
  2. Bluetooth. Most newer cars now come with built-in Bluetooth. …
  3. USB connection. Lots of cars now come with a USB connection. …
  4. Safety first.


How does DAB radio work in a car?

A digital radio is an increasingly common piece of kit in new cars. More than 80% of new cars in the UK now come with DAB as standard, and this figure is only set to increase. DAB – or Digital Audio Broadcasting – is a method of broadcasting radio digitally, rather than via an analogue signal.

Do you need Internet for digital radio?

Do you need WiFi for DAB radio? Nope. Although some newer DAB radios, including some of the radios on this list can be connected to the internet to allow you to stream music from Spotify or online radio services like BBC iPlayer.