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FLECOM's stumbling setup.

Postby FLECOM » Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:21 pm

It seems that every time I finally get some pictures of my setup, I change something, but alas, it is time to show off a bit of my hard work :p

This is my vehicle, or as my friends jokingly call it, the "CAM9000"

http://flecom.fragmachines.com/cam9000/E5DD1941_filtered.jpg

On the left is a MFJ1412 2m/440MHz dual band antenna from MFJ (1/2 Wave, 3 dB gain on 2 Meters, 5/8 Wave, 5.5 dB gain on 440 MHz.) On the left is my 2.4ghz antenna, it is an Antenna Specialists ASPT2976 2400-2500MHz 8dB omni directional antenna.

http://flecom.fragmachines.com/cam9000/E5DD1944_filtered.jpg

The 2m/400MHz antenna is on a SO239 lip mount and the 2.4 antenna has an integrated female bulkhead connector which goes through the rubber mount where the car radio antenna was.

http://flecom.fragmachines.com/cam9000/E5DD1952_filtered.jpg

Behind the metal on the left would be the bottom of the N female connector, which has a 12" N-Male to MC jumper, going to an Orinoco USB client...

http://flecom.fragmachines.com/cam9000/E5DD1954_filtered.jpg

This pic really gives you an idea of how short the coax run is...

I currently have a long usb cable going to the passenger seat where I have my Toshiba laptop. But the USB adapter has given me nothing but problems... So I recently aquired a Dell C600 (750Mhz) motherboard that I put 256mb ram and a 6Gb laptop HD into... Its kind of a whole little integrated module thing and pretty well sealed up, I am going to be making a custom enclosure for it with some extra cooling and a DC>DC adapter to run it straight off of the 12V car power (there is existing power in the trunk for my existing inverter and sub). So I can just drop an Orinoco Gold PCMCIA card into the laptop and run it to the existing small coax jumper (have you noticed my hatred twoards cable loss? ;) ) and run all the VGA/USB/PS2/Serial to the front of the car via existing cables from my old carputer.

Next week I have a few days off during the week so I hope to be working on my vehicle, also i need to install my new mobile radio (110W Motorola VHF :D ).

I hope you like it and questions/comments are always welcome :cool:
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Postby streaker69 » Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:24 pm

Cool setup and very innovative. Just 1 suggestion. That exposed circuit board is just trouble waiting to happen. I'd get a anti-static bag and wrap it around that card with just an opening for your USB and coax. With the carpet against the back of that card you're gonna get a static build up and could possibly blow out your card or your USB port.
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Postby FLECOM » Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:30 pm

streaker69 wrote:Cool setup and very innovative. Just 1 suggestion. That exposed circuit board is just trouble waiting to happen. I'd get a anti-static bag and wrap it around that card with just an opening for your USB and coax. With the carpet against the back of that card you're gonna get a static build up and could possibly blow out your card or your USB port.


The carpet is kind of... molded I guess you could say? Either way, it does not touch the card. If I kind of bump the carpet I can feel it, but I guess if it moved around there is a possibility of it touching the carpet... But anywho that card isn't going to be there very long, I hope to have the C600 board installed in it's place by this weekend :)

The Dell is sitting on my desk hooked up to a monitor and running netstumbler, I setup a peer-to-peer so that it is constantly getting "new" access points and gps data from my Garmin GPS V (forgot to mention it!).

I want to let it run for a while, because the big issue I had was with the card just no longer responding or NetStumbler just hanging, with the USB client or the PCMCIA card, on my Toshiba laptop that I usually just use for gaming and my actuall Dell C600 laptop which I usually used for stumbling and playing MP3's through my car stereo, hey 7 hours with dual batteries :)

Also I live in Miami, with 90%+ humidity daily, static is not a part of our daily lives ;)
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Postby Airstreamer » Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:47 pm

[quote="FLECOM"]The carpet is kind of... molded I guess you could say? Either way, it does not touch the card. If I kind of bump the carpet I can feel it, but I guess if it moved around there is a possibility of it touching the carpet... But anywho that card isn't going to be there very long, I hope to have the C600 board installed in it's place by this weekend :)

The Dell is sitting on my desk hooked up to a monitor and running netstumbler, I setup a peer-to-peer so that it is constantly getting "new" access points and gps data from my Garmin GPS V (forgot to mention it!).

I want to let it run for a while, because the big issue I had was with the card just no longer responding or NetStumbler just hanging, with the USB client or the PCMCIA card, on my Toshiba laptop that I usually just use for gaming and my actuall Dell C600 laptop which I usually used for stumbling and playing MP3's through my car stereo, hey 7 hours with dual batteries :)

Also I live in Miami, with 90%+ humidity daily, static is not a part of our daily lives ]

Except for the flashes that light up the sky, followed by that real loud rumbling sound. :D
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Postby streaker69 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:48 pm

Airstreamer wrote:Except for the flashes that light up the sky, followed by that real loud rumbling sound. :D


That's just God farting.
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Postby Thorn » Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:54 pm

[quote="FLECOM"]Also I live in Miami, with 90%+ humidity daily, static is not a part of our daily lives ]

Damn, I wish we had those conditions. On bad days around here, I can zap a doorknob from across the room.
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