I have an aftermarket stereo for my Subaru Impreza. I noticed that my wife's car can maintain crystal clear reception on our favorite NPR station miles and miles further than my car can even get static-y reception. I get static even when we are very close to the station broadcast location as well.
I took out the after-market head unit to play with the wiring and everything looked good. Then I took out the antenna wire and put it back in slowly. I noticed that when I gently hold the male end of the antenna wire (the part attached to the car) just at the entrance point to the female plug on the head unit, the reception is crystal clear, just like in my wife's car. However, once I push the plug in further and in all the way, the great reception is gone and it is back to terrible reception for all but the absolute closest of stations (and again, even that has static).
Do you think this is something wrong with my radio? The antenna plug of my car?
Thanks for any help!