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I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about building an external antenna for a Garmin etrex. I use it in a vehicle quite a bit, and it would be nice to have a way to get a clear signal without having to keep the unit near a window constantly. Is building an antenna even feasible?

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Building one that works well is not likely to be all that easy, especially since the eTrex doesn't have an antenna jack.

Unless you want to do this as a learning experience, I'd recommend going with a commercial antenna that rebroadcasts the amplified signal near the eTrex.

One such antenna is the Big Brother Re-Radiating antenna available from www.tvnav.com and other dealers. Note that this antenna requires 12VDC power - not a problem in a car, but it's not convenient to use while hiking.

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anks, Peter. I was afraid that building one wouldn't be feasible... I have an old Trimble Scoutmaster with an external antenna jack, and it's really handy. The lack of one is about the only thing I don't like about the Summit. The site you reference is pretty cool, though, and the re-radiating antenna just might fill the bill. Thanks for turning me on to it.

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How well does the big brother re-radiating antenna work? i'f love to get better reception in my car.

 

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The Big Brother antenna receives the satellite signals from wherever you put it, say, at the far front of your dashboard, and literally saturates your eTrex with re-radiated (re-broadcast) radio signals...meaning no cable is needed.

 

This is good, because the eTrex wasn't given an antenna jack. Of course it would be so much better if it DID have a jack. Seems like a good idea. All the other Garmin models before the eTrex series had a jack, so we know Garmin understands about antennas. They even sell GPS antennas. Oy! Go figure. Probably wanted to save on production costs to increase profits. Penny wise, pound foolish, I say. Dumb idea, eliminating the antenna jack. Think Garmin is LISTENING? We can dream.

 

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