A radio system fitted inside your BMW car enables you to get regular updates of the traffic, weather report and news even when you are away from your home. To receive a proper signal/ frequency for your radio system, your ride should have an electronic device installed in it which is known as BMW antenna.
Basically, BMW antenna is a transducer which is efficient and sufficient to convert electromagnetic waves into electrical currents or vice-versa. Depending on the users' choice and specification of your BMW model, you may opt any of the BMW antenna such as a power antenna, an antenna mast, a high-gain antenna etc. Different BMW models like BMW 128i Coupe, BMW 335i Sedan, BMW 535i Drive Sport Wagon, BMW 650i Convertible…… allows you to choose between antenna mast, antenna cable, rear window antenna cable or antenna Onstar. Each one of them provides a full signal to your car's Amplitude Modulation (AM)/ Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver. The quality of reception of your car radio is get affected by the length, type, design and material of your BMW antenna. The performance and level of correspondence of a BMW antenna may also get affected by different parameters like bandwidth, efficiency, resonant frequency, impedance gain, polarization, aperture or radiation pattern etc. Below is an inventory of BMW antenna which is available in the market:
- Directional Antenna: Beverage antenna, Horizontal curtain, Horn, Log-periodic antenna, Phased array, parabolic antenna, Loop antenna, Regenerative loop antenna, rhombic antenna, Yagi antenna etc.
- Isotropic Antenna: Helical antenna, Isotropic radiator etc.
- Omni-directional Antenna: Dipole antenna, Monopole antenna, Random wire antenna, Whip antenna etc.
BMW antennas operate in a relatively narrow frequency range in order to receive and transmit equally. To receive more radio waves for proper correspondence, BMW antennas are made up of a very high-transducive metal like stainless steel. Being flexible and long, a BMW antenna is always prone to get damaged by many instances such as the force of the wind or a bird hit which are enough to break it or bend it. Moreover variation in climatic conditions or water contact during car wash may damage the BMW antenna for it may become more susceptible to be eaten by corrosion.
You may increase the life of your BMW antenna by simply polishing it, or cleaning it and/ or applying proper lubrication to it. The installation of an antenna is a very easy and do-it-yourself job. You save your precious time and valuable money by self installing the antenna. To initiate with the process of installation you need to unfasten the old antenna and fix a new BMW antenna in its place. For further help you may check your instruction book to ensure whether the antenna is tightly fitted or not. Always remember to check whether your BMW antenna can withstand a harsh wind or not. No matter whether you need to replace a damaged BMW antenna or you just wish to change for a different style statement, make sure that you source a genuine make and model that to only from an original part manufacturer.