Modern cars have antennas with an integrated one GPS and present - if any - only the so-called Shark Fin on the car roof. If you want to tune your older car without Shark Fin and are looking for a stylish gadget for your conventional radio antenna, a so-called antenna ball may be interesting.
Antenna ball - what is it?
An antenna ball is made of styrofoam or foamed plastic. Plastic variants are also commercially available. The ball for the antenna actually has a spherical shape and is placed on the tip of the antenna. The antenna ball has been known since the 1960s and originally comes from the USA. At that time, the antenna ball was used as advertising material and provided with company logos. Various companies have since used the antenna ball as advertising space. Even now there are still such versions with advertising. The balls are much more popular, however, in bright colors or decorated with their own logos and sayings.
Antenna ball - interesting for the accessories industry
The automotive accessories industry has also discovered the antenna ball and offers the article as a gag and gadget for the car. A wide range of products is available in the trade. Various topics can be covered with the antenna ball. The interested tuner receives the article, for example, with smiley motifs or with printed flames. Variants with popular baseball teams, football clubs and vehicle brands are also available in stores. An antenna ball is suitable for individual tuning of the car and can be color-matched to the car or simply serve as a fun gadget that acts as an eye-catcher.
How are antenna balls attached?
The assembly of antenna balls is very easy. The article is simply pressed onto the tip of the antenna. Since the tip of the antenna is thicker than the rest of the antenna, the ball holds easily. It should be noted, however, that an antenna ball should not be driven so fast on the motorway. In the USA there are certain speed limits that are favorable for an attached antenna ball. Fortunately, this is not "yet" the case in Germany, but it can result in the ball flying away at speeds above 160 km / h. Anyone who has attached an antenna ball to their car antenna should not fully extend the telescopic antenna. When the telescopic antenna is fully extended, there is a risk that the antenna will bend due to the long angle caused by the antenna ball. Especially with fast vehicles and the maximum speeds in Germany, caution is advised with an antenna ball.
What to look for when buying?
The antenna ball should be made of durable materials and shouldn't be too heavy. The warnings and product description for an antenna ball should be read and observed without fail. The antenna ball should be attached so that the antenna remains stable even at higher speeds and does not break off. It is also advisable to purchase a weatherproof item that is not damaged immediately after the first ride. The manufacturers usually state the properties of the articles. The larger the antenna ball, the heavier it is and the more the wind has an attack surface. The risk of the antenna bending or breaking increases accordingly. if the vehicle is equipped with an electrical antenna that retracts completely, use is generally not possible.
Antenna ball - a gadget and eye-catcher
An antenna ball is available with flame motifs, smileys and other creations. The tuner has a large selection of articles available and can choose the antenna ball according to his wishes. The antenna ball is a stylish and funny gadget that further individualizes the tuned car and acts as an eye-catcher. Incidentally, the classic round antenna ball is joined by countless other shapes such as heads, flags, Santa Clauses, hand signals and even funny animals and mythical creatures.
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