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    GPS mounting location

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    Just wondering where people are installing their GPS antennas? There is no way for me to mount it externally as that would require drilling holes which I am not going to do.

    The model year after my car has the antenna mounted behind the gauge cluster under the dash. I mounted my MS GPS antenna sort of in that area, actually closer to the center of the dash on a metal beam that runs below the dash but it doesn't pick up any satellites where it is.

    Where are you guys placing yours?

    Thanks!

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    Front dash, near driver side.

    Your spot ought to work. I've experienced reception problems when placing it too close to the LCD screen or the car PC. Moving it fixed that.
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    you could run it out your trunk and let the rubber seal close around the cord.
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    Rear also work well for cars that don't have any coatings on their rear windshields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binary.h4x
    you could run it out your trunk and let the rubber seal close around the cord.
    That gets a bit tricky since the car is a wagon. I don't want anything that requires "maintenance" such as putting it away each time i am done with it - I could leave it on the roof but I wouldn't want to tempt someone to move it around and scratch the car...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    Front dash, near driver side.

    Your spot ought to work. I've experienced reception problems when placing it too close to the LCD screen or the car PC. Moving it fixed that.

    It is about 6 inches behind the LCD screen, which has no cover on the back of it.. i bet that is the problem.

    It is about 8 inches below the dash surface too, so I don't know how much of an issue that is. Is there any shielding that I can place behind the screen to see if it helps reduce reception problems?

    Thanks

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    Ok, so I moved it up, about an inch from the top of my dash (on the underside) and I can pick up 4 satelites, but all with too weak of a signal to lock and track.

    What has everyone's experience been with the Pharos GPS for MS Streets and Trips? Is it good/weak? It is still fairly close to the screen, but it is above it (was below before) but still no luck. Any shielding option suggestions?

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    Mine is located on top of the dash in the center of the car.. I just bring my laptop in and out of it for now (untill I can save up money for a touch screen for the chevelle! lol). But yeah, It's not a Pharos GPS, it's a bu-353 and I use Streets and Trips and get a constant 9+ sats (so far..with my new reciever.. the old one crapped out). Mine is literally touching the front glass in the civic.

    I thought it stopped working last night when I was comming home from the shop, but then I realized I still have hibernation issues with the laptop.. A quick reboot and it connected to sats before xp could bring up the welcome screen.

    I haven't tried putting mine at the top of the window. Maybe try putting it under the vent of your window defroster if you don't want to see it. But keep it in the vent area so it can still see the sky? Just a thought, good luck!!!

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    try it outside the car and see if maybe your windscreen hasnt a coating on it that is gps signal unfriendly
    thats my first guess
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    Mine is currently on top of the dash in the centre, as far forward as possible. I usually get 8 satellites. I plan to relocate the unit to underneath the scuttle panel at some point, which should improve things some more.
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