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Poor Radio Reception

So, a couple years ago I bought a single din head unit, wired everything and I never had any problems with it, except I got no FM/AM reception at all. It was never a big deal, but this last week I bought a new double din Kenwood and hooked it all up, still the only problem was poor to no reception.

I never had any problems with the stock head unit, just once the new units were installed. As far as I know I shouldn't need an adapter, but is there snyone who could clarify this problem?
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Only thing I can think of is that when you installed the first new unit the antenna cable was damaged or pulled too hard.

Have you tried the stock unit again to see if that is the case?

Nothing different about car antennas, no adapters or anything else is needed, plug and play.

Ford Ranger antennas have a lead that passes thru the firewall just above the glove box and there is an inline connector there for the lead that goes to the radio.
If you pulled on the radio end of that lead the connector may have separated a bit causing the issue

Fold down glove box all the way and see if you can see or feel the connector

What year Ranger?
Always good to include that in each post

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Sounds like maybe the antenna connection was missed off each time?

Are you running the stock antenna? (how long is that?)
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