Adding Aftermarket Internal GPS to the CF-18

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  1. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    Coming soon, the EM408 on CF-18 MK1
    I just need some suggestion where to put the antena. Coz the existing one installed 90 deg. angle which is not good as you know.



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    Alex Super Moderator

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    If you can get a small enough antenna you could fit it where the Bluetooth antenna is under the left side wifi cover.
    It has to be smaller than ½ inch diameter for it to fit.
    Angled out its an easy mod.
    Another location is under the top plastic cover
    With some grinding near where is says toughbook, a short antenna might fit there.
    Really short

    I wonder if the new smaller sarantel antennas are out yet?

    Alex
     
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    tango_tough Notebook Guru

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    For your information.
    This is the 19 GPS. ant.
     

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    Alex Super Moderator

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    Thanks tango

    I have not seen it before on a cf-19 , but it looks identical to the stock cf-18 gps.
    I would like to try to hide the antenna as much as possible if i'm going to do a custom installation .
    The sensitivity of the new sirf star lll chipset is truly amazing.
    The antenna placement should be much more forgiving.

    Alex
     
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    tango_tough Notebook Guru

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    Hello Alex, are you the same Alex on bat... ?
     
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    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    Tango tough, Hows the reception, I mean the signal srength. Is it reliable?


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    tough-2-go Notebook Deity

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    When I first saw that antenna configuration on the CF-18 I thought how stupid of panasonic to place the antenna vertical like that. Because we all know that a patch antenna needs to be pointing up. But then it occured to me that perhaps Panasonic intended for the GPS to be used in tablet mode with the display in portrait mode. This now makes sense because it places the antenna on top facing the sky.
     
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    I have not seen inside the pocket, but I would of thought the antenna has lots of room to point up.

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    Hi! if that is a patch antena then it installed 90 deg. not facing up the sky only the horizon.


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    tough-2-go Notebook Deity

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    Yes it is a patch antenna and when the toughbook is in laptop mode then the antenna points to the right not good for reception. That is why I think Panasonic intended it to be used in tablet mode as this would place the antenna on top facing up the way it should be. But they did the same antenna setup on the CF-m34 so I really don't know what Panasonic was thinking there.
     
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