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dabby
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:22 pm    Post subject: External Antenna Rikaline 6030 Reply with quote

Anyone here had experience with putting an external antennna on a Rikaline? Did it make any difference, is it worth it?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

What car do you have ?

The 6030 works well without external antennas.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfa 156 Sportswagon - I was wanting to hardwire the device to the car though rather than putting it on my dashboard...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It rather defeats the object of using a bluetooth GPS! If you did hardwire it you would still need access to it to switch on/off as it has a soft power button. It also requires 12v C so you'd need to retain the cigarette lighter power cable which contains the voltage reduction gubbins.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have a certain point there it's not completely futile Smile

Anyway, I grabbed myself on this-morning anyway while I was buying a brodit mount for my PDA. Indeed I will have to wire the BT GPSR into the car so that it's on an "always" on - that way I just leave the unit on and don't have to worry about the soft power-switch.

Indeed, when I bought the Rikaline I didn't think about the soft-power problem...

I think it's still worth having the BT GPSR because I can then use my BT PDA without any wires there to worry about.

BTW, I'm delighted with the Brodit powered mount!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to mention - the 6030 does indeed work just fine without an antenna. I was struggling to find somewhere to place it and have sonce discovered there's a small document holder on the driver-side sun-visor and even though the GPSR is not in the window-screen I still get 4 satellites.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a SAAB95 and I put the gps in the cubbyhole and it works perfectly there !
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