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    Cool gps inside engine comp.?

    is it ok to locate the gps unit inside the engine comp. it is not to hot for it. i want to place it inside the dash comp. i have alot of space there...or inside my glove comp.can anyone help me?

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    If you have a metal bonnet, then there's almost no hope in hell of getting a signal

    I have mine in the top part of my dash, next to the vents and the clock


    It picks up about 7-9 satellites

    However, this may not work if you have any weird tinting or demister elements in the windscreen (i don't)


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    If you have a metal bonnet, then there's almost no hope in hell of getting a signal
    'tis a thing someone made called an external antenna.. heck i don't think any is using the stock ones anyway. those are worthless for vehicles.

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    i was thinking of getting the earthmate usb with 2004 from ebay... is like $100 they say is new... are the antenas weather resistan...

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    I put my mouse gps inside my dash and I get signal from like 8 satellites just fine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalito
    i was thinking of getting the earthmate usb with 2004 from ebay... is like $100 they say is new... are the antenas weather resistan...
    I don't think the Earthmate is meant to be mounted outside a car, but there are some that are and they have magnetic mounts. You can however mount it somewhere inside with a clear (ie no intervening metal) view of the sky. Like the dash or rear deck.
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    An engine compartment is a pretty harsh environment for a gps unit (very hot, and wet when it rains)

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    I place my GPS for signal not discreteness... Round where I drive a lot the tree canopy is think enough to kill the signal, let alone a metal hood

    err.. does anybody have any GPS antenna reccomendations? I think this is more or less in sync with the topic.
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    so ypu guys think is i put it inside my glove comp. it can work or it has to be by a window or something .. i don't want people breaking into my car beacause they see something they can grab and sell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalito
    so ypu guys think is i put it inside my glove comp. it can work or it has to be by a window or something .. i don't want people breaking into my car beacause they see something they can grab and sell...
    I keep mine in the glovebox and it works just fine although I've never seen more than 10 satellites . GPS signals can be picked up through glass, fibreglass, plastics, composites etc without problem. Metal and brick will block the signal though.

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