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lbendlin
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Review Comments Hirschmann GPS combo antenna Reply with quote

HIRSCHMANN GPS9 18 V FLEX
Moderator Mike Alder wrote:

Ok this is a little off topic, but bear with me and hopefully the rationale behind the article will become apparent. We don’t normally test “Aerials” on PocketGPSWorld but having purchased this specific bit of kit I was compelled to write up my findings.

What is it?
A Multi-purpose roof mounted “Sting” aerial for the car that contains AM, FM, GPS and Mobile phone connectivity in one single device. It would be of particular benefit if your car has “Athermic” glass and the associated problems you find with poor signal strength for GPS, Mobile phone and TMC reception (let alone for the radio).


Read the full review here

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/hirschmann.php
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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(150MM or 4” for those that still understand proper measurements).


Surely that would be 6" :D
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or 100mm.Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK for the record, the cables are various lengths:

120MM/ 4,7" for the GPS
90MM/ 3,1" for the GSM
130MM/ 5,1" for AM/FM

Point is they are short! and without extensions the unit can't be used - Mike
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

150mm =6"? umust be older than me
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or maybe he's driving in a very hot climate. where everything is 2.4 mm shorter.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:
or maybe he's driving in a very hot climate. where everything is 2.4 mm shorter.
Surely in a hotter climate it will be longer, due to the linear expansion!;)

I didn't really mean to call you Surely.Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I myself also use this antenna in the states (us). Can't say nothing about tmc, but find the FM reception subpar Imo. (could be my setup tho) Also, as you have mentioned, longer cables from the antenna would've been helpful. Overall, this is a great antenna.

From my two years of experience with it. I can add that weather has zero effect on its performance. I've driven with a foot of snow on the roof of my suv and have had 8 satelite lock on the gps for navigation purposes. Downpour rain also doesn't effect reception. I mention this cause I know its an issue with other units. So don't be scared.

The one issue I do have, and bothers me to this very day. I wounder if you've experience the same? Its with a Garmin OEM gps receive (prolly the culprit???). Lock is exceptional like I mentioned. But it takes very minor foilage while driving such as a a couple tree branches to loose all satelite tracking. Do u get this too? Just curious. because this seems to loose lock abnormally easily to a usb sirfII chip conterpart I use to use.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not experianced the unit dropping out when under foilage, I will try a few things though to prove it.
As for your device being "subpar" on AM/ FM and dropping the GPS at times, is the roof of your vehicle metal or GRP ? also check the 12V supply to the aerial - it could be the supply or its return (through the cars metal work) that is fault - Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, roof is metal, and unit has a good ground connection. But the +12v lead could be an issue. But i don't think so... cause its stable and turns on with the car. straigh lead. But ya, input on the drop of the gps under foilage would be greatly appreciated, cause I personally believe it is the garmin receiver.

On thing I didn't catch is which receiver did u use on ur setup? Cause I've been looking at SirfIII based units lately myself.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wot " NO DAB "
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone found a combi aerial like this that is designed for car roofs that have the aerial at the front, instead of the back? Therefore a much sharper angle, about 35 degres from horizontal?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there any details of suppliers and their respective prices?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blackrat62 wrote:
Are there any details of suppliers and their respective prices?
Yes at the end of the write up is a link to a company called CPC, or click HERE the price is just under £70 for the aerial, but don't forget the cables - Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike
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