Adding Aftermarket Internal GPS to the CF-30

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  1. capt.dogfish

    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    No reason for a GPS to interfere with any other antenna. GPS is a passive radio receiver, it doesn't transmit any thing. As to the wifi interfering with the GPS reception I'm not sure, but Mnem will know. The only interference I have ever personally seen affect GPS performance is from the really big radars that are used at airports for air traffic control.
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  2. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    for additional info; The beauty of this mod on CF-30 is that you don't need to crack the buttom case as works will be done/accomplish above from the keyboard slot panel up to LCD lid only. In any case If you want your setup be bridge to pass thru connector for external option of the antena like on the boat ot car. There are two option either you unscrew the passthru connector but Is bit tricky on pulling out and reinstalling it into position or for more easy way but i bit of work. This time you need to crack the buttom case to easily access to passthru connector for an easy installation.

    As I said, its your choice.

    ohlip
     
  3. Mil3

    Mil3 Notebook Consultant

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    I've just finished to set up my CF-18 MK4 with the same way. Just need to cover up the ceramic antenna. Thank you for the inspiration Ohlip. :D

    pictures below.
     

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    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I am kinda wondering why you would not put it where most CF18/19 are...would of been a lot easier.
     
  5. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    Thats what I'm talking about! Good job man!

    Maybe you can cover it like this with JB weld, it will be tough enough but make sure when applying a weld not be in the ceramic antena.

    ohlip
     

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  6. Mil3

    Mil3 Notebook Consultant

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    I couldn't find where to buy the cover alone. I saw few OEM GPS kit on ebay but it is way too expensive.
    I used CF-19 media board ($16 ebay), PCIe uBlox 5 GPS engine ($8 ebay), ceramic antenna from old GPS (Magellean Roadmate 1200) and wifi antenna cable from old HP laptop.

    It took me 2-3 hours to install the GPS in my CF-18.
     

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  7. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Isn't that just nipply!

    Well done!

    mnem
    *Scribbles notes for his own el-cheapo build*
     
  8. techtuff

    techtuff Notebook Geek

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    Hi Mil3,

    I am in process of finishing our Sirf 4 GPS kits for CF-18, CF-19, etc.. :) and I can send a brand new (our brand) GPS cover that is actually a little bigger then the original CF-18 so you may even squeeze in a bluetooth device in there ;)

    I don't intend to sell the covers separately but I like to help out a fellow member in need when I can... nice job on sourcing the parts by the way.

    Give me your address and will send one for free.
     
  9. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    If you don't want to have a bump out case on the corner. Maybe it will fit on the side cover of the LCD. Something like this too.


    ohlip
     

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    Mil3 Notebook Consultant

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    At first, I meant to do that. That's the easy path for the antenna cable.
    But I wasn't sure about positioning the ceramic antenna sideways. Will it see all the satellites? And if yes, will I get quick fix?
     
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