Why is it that modern car like the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck still uses the classic long antenna?

While today’s modern vehicles all use GPS fin antennas and cellular reception/broadcast capabilities, the Ford F-150 pickup truck continues to use a long metal antenna. Classic style is why?

The launch event as well as information about the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck has flooded the world’s newspapers and magazines in the past two weeks. This makes anyone aware that the Ford F-150 Lightning is a big step forward not only for the Ford brand but also for the electric pickup truck industry in the future with a series of modern equipment and features. However, there are quite a few people who notice that the Ford F-150 Lightning is modern inside and out, but still has a rather “old-fashioned” equipment: a traditional metal radio antenna.

So why did Ford equip the F-150 Lightning, an electric pickup truck that is considered to have breakthrough technology, a long antenna that only appears on cheap cars?

Currently, most cars equipped with FM and AM radios in multiple bands use new antennas with a compact design and shark fin shape, including those cheap car. The use of this new antenna will help hide the excess and match the car’s appearance, giving the car a modern look. However, Ford uses long antennas for not one, but two of its vehicles, including the F-150 and Bronco.

According to research, regulations on equipment on US vehicles currently do not mention antenna standards, in other words, car manufacturers can equip any type of antenna. The two cheapest models in the US today, Chevrolet Spark and Mitsubishi Mirage, are not equipped with a shark-fin antenna, but use a short rubber-coated antenna. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150, which is considered a pickup truck for people with conditions, is equipped with a classic long antenna.

It is known that the answer to this problem lies in the technical side. Traditional long antennas are long because they are designed to capture the desired wavelength. FM waves, for example, are usually about 31 inches long, equivalent to 78.75 centimeters, so traditional long antennas usually have the same length for the best reception.

On the other hand, current shark-fin antennas have a compact design, inside is a copper coil of the same length as the wavelength, but due to the coil design, this type of antenna will not really be optimal. when catching FM waves and it is very difficult to catch AM waves.

For many consumers at the moment, a car that is not optimal for FM reception or cannot receive AM is not an important factor when deciding to buy a car, especially for SUV or sedan users. pine. However, for truck users, listening to the radio is very important, having good radio reception is also a strong point to consider before buying a car.

According to Mike Levine, Ford Product Communications Manager, “traditional long antennas have the best reception performance of all antenna models, especially local AM radio stations.

Unlike ordinary car users, truck drivers often enjoy listening to local AM radio stations. Therefore, Ford has come to the decision to keep the traditional long antenna for the Ford F-150 truck/pickup line.

No matter how much technology develops and attracts users, the direct needs of customers are still something to consider. With the Ford F-150, a shark-fin antenna, even with GPS built-in or a modern phone receiver/transmitter feature, can’t beat a traditional metal long antenna.

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