What station and how far away will you be operating the vehicle while wanting to listen to this station? Really if you are close to a 50,000W clear channel station you can pick it up with maybe just a screw stuffed into the antenna socket, while if you're trying to pick up a 1,000W directional pattern station 200 miles away you might lose it when you remove the antenna.What about AM sports talk radio? Will the stubby work?
Look around man, most cars do not have whip antennas anymore - they are antiquated, replaced by antennas in the glass. I can't remember the last car I owned with a whip antenna.The whip antenna is that length for a technical reason... but if looks are more important then ok. It's not antiquated. Physics does not get 'dated'.
Antennas that use the same trace material as the defrosters are a compromise between visual looks and technical performance. Same with integrated antennas in many cell phones these days. They're a compromise for the average consumer who values looks and fashion over technical performance. More so these days as some automakers seem to believe that people don't really listen to terrestrial broadcast radio anymore and it's low on their list of priorities.Look around man, most cars do not have whip antennas anymore - they are antiquated, replaced by antennas in the glass. I can't remember the last car I owned with a whip antenna.