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Can I Fit A DAB Car Radio By Myself?

Hello and welcome to the second guide in our innovative series on how to convert your car radio to digital.

Here at Car Communications, we are always on hand to help you make an informed purchase when it comes to your in-car entertainment. 

Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) is the future for British radio broadcasting.  It offers better sound quality, greater data display, more flexibility and soon all radios will move over to DAB in a nationwide switchover. 

The first part of our series investigated what different kinds of DAB car radios are available and today’s guide focuses on DIY DAB radio installation and in particular the different aerial options.

 

Can you simply buy a radio and fit it yourself?

 

Well yes but we don’t advise it...

There is nothing to stop you from trying to fit your brand new DAB digital radio yourself however, we highly recommend you to leave it to the experts. 

Why spend a lot of your hard-earned money on getting a state-of-the-art sound system to only make a mistake and cause expensive damages?

Fitting a stereo isn’t as easy as going for a walk in the park. It requires skill, specialist knowledge and a high level of professionalism. One wrong move and your vehicle could get marked, the new radio could break and you’ll end up with no radio and a botched DIY job. 

 

It’s not just the radio you have to fit...

When adapting your car to DAB digital radio, the majority of vehicles with need a new antenna too. There are several types available so it’s not just the radio itself that needs fitting but all the extras as well. 

Do you know how to fit an antenna for a digital radio? Here are the various types available:

 

- Easy installation in car interior

- Has to be positioned exactly to achieve the best performance

- Cheapest available on the market (prices start from £20)

- No need to drill holes in the roof

- Self-effacing in the car

- No evidence of installation so can be installed easily

 

- Can be attached (not necessarily fitted) by a magnet to the roof

- Competitively prices  (prices start from £20)

- No need to drill holes in the roof

- Cabling has to be thread through door rubber seals which can lead to water leaks

- At risk of being stolen

- No evidence of installation so can be installed easily

 

 

- Fitted to the outside of the car on the window

- No need to drill holes in the roof

- No evidence of installation so can be installed easily

- Prices start from just £40

 

- Requires a hole to be drilled on the roof or can use an existing aerial hole

- Must be fitted by an experienced installer

- Cabling needed inside the car  

- This is the best antenna for sensitivity performance

- The antenna looks similar to the original fit

 

- Requires a hole to be drilled on the roof or can use an existing aerial hole

- Must be installed by a qualified fitter

- Cabling needed inside the car

- Not as effective as the beesting whip antenna, due to limited size of the fin body

- The antenna looks similar to the original fit

 

- Can use the existing roof / body mounted aerial

- Must be used with an existing non-amplified (passive) aerial

- Cheapest available on the market (prices start from £20)

- Easy to install as no cabling is required. However, a splitter with the correct FM adaptor is necessary. There are 3 types of FM connections; DIN, FAKRA and ISO.

 

Where can I find a specialist digital radio fitter?

You can simply buy an in-car digital radio adapter from this website and have it fitted by an accredited engineer that lives near you.

Car Communications offers a nationwide installation service so wherever you live, you can find a qualified installer that can come and fit the new gadget from the comfort of your own home. 

Simply choose your country, county and town/city and we’ll find your region’s leading engineers. We only supply a first class installation service.

 

Let our installers do all the hard work, so you don’t have to…

Our installers all work to the industry standard FCS1362 Code Of Practice promoting high quality standards throughout the industry.

If you aren’t sure whether your radio can be fitted, please ask us for details on which products are suitable for your vehicle.

So there you have all the information you need on DAB car radio DIY installation. Make sure you have a good understanding of your vehicle’s electronics system but for peace of mind, leave it to the professionals. 

Find a qualified installer near you or give our experts a call on 01254 694537 for friendly, professional advice. 

There are lots more informative tips and information on the way to enhance your in-car experience, so stay tuned!

 

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