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    i have a bu-353 gps antenna and it won't get a fix inside the car. it'll work when i'm sitting outside but when i get inside the car... it'll lose the signal. i tried it on the carputer and on my laptop... same thing. as long as it's inside the car... it'll lose signal completely. also... even when it's outside in the open... it only picks up a maximum of 6 satellites. never more. i've heard of people saying that you should get 10 satellites or something. what's going on?

  • #2
    u live in the north pole? hah

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    • #3
      I had issues with signal when i placed the unit on the rear window. I think it maybe something to do with my tint, however when its in the front window i have no issues at all.

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      • #4
        Hm Thought this was absolutely goodly ?
        But guess not !

        But some have problems with tinted windows yes..
        Where have you located the GPS unit ?

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        • #5
          do you happen to have a xenarc monitor??
          i have a 700tsv and it's jamming al gps signal within 1mtr, even a garmin 60cs!! contact with xenarc resulted in nothing.... 'try to adjust refresh rate..'

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          • #6
            the gps is placed on the front windshield. still getting really low signal.

            no, i don't have a xenarc.

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            • #7
              i have a BU-353 Gps..
              im in australia, it works 100% it catches 10 satellites inside the car on the rear parcel shelf, and when outside around 12... on the passenger seat i can catch 2 -3 satellites, and i have darkest legal tint (25% i think it is), but i think its carbon film, not metal film...,.. when im in the city (tall buildings), it struggles to get 4...
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              • #8
                When I had it on the back shelf it never lost signal, and now that I have on the dash it losses signal most of the time...wtf???
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                • #9
                  I have a Xenarc 700tsv in use with a BU-353 , i have no issues with it at this point in time.

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                  • #10
                    i can't get this thing to get a consistent signal. it always loses signal right when i bring it into the car.

                    if i it inside the car... and just stick it outside on top of the roof... it will instantly grab 10 sats. but when i bring it in... it'll lose them all within a few seconds. i've tried mounting it everywhere... front/back windshield.. all the same. though on the rear one it's a LITTLE better... but still loses signal.

                    what do i do?!?!

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                    • #11
                      Mount it outside then.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Poe
                        also... even when it's outside in the open... it only picks up a maximum of 6 satellites. never more. i've heard of people saying that you should get 10 satellites or something.
                        Originally posted by Poe
                        if i it inside the car... and just stick it outside on top of the roof... it will instantly grab 10 sats


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                        • #13
                          oh sorry about the confusion... i got a replacement unit. the old one wouldn't even get a good signal outside. but the replacement will work fine outside. but still not in the car.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Poe
                            oh sorry about the confusion... i got a replacement unit. the old one wouldn't even get a good signal outside. but the replacement will work fine outside. but still not in the car.

                            Please tell us more about your setup.

                            There are several things that can cause issues.

                            First, what kinda car. Some cars are more RF resistant than others. Some cars have a standard "tinting" or metal film on the windshield to help with ice removal/fogging/etc. Does your have that option/feature. Also, is the AC/Heat running. Does that change anything?

                            How are you supplying power to the unit. Through the Cigarette lighter, your DC to DC, or otherwise. Where is your car-puter located, Have you tried it with a laptop.

                            Are there trees overhead. Where do you live?

                            Please provide as much info as possible.

                            Michael

                            P.S. This is a common question and problem. Perhaps a search would reveal what has worked for others.
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                            • #15
                              GPS signals from the satellites work much like a flash light in the dark. Picture the satellites as the flashlight. Anything between your gps reciver and the satellites that block light, reduce light or reflect light will distrupt your signal.

                              Keep in mind that your gps reciver needs to calibrate itself for 2-5 minutes the first time out of the box. If it doesn't get that calibration correct it will be confused as to where it is, also causing spotty service. My advice is to let the reciever sit outside free of any obstruction for 5-10 minutes.

                              Most modern GPS engines are highly sensitive but also are uneffected by EMI/RFI. So your Xenarc won't effect the gps unit (to the guy who said his xenarc is throwing off the gps signal)
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