Extending your AT&T Cisco 3G MicroCell

Have lousy AT&T reception in your home or office?  Get an AT&T Microcell Wireless Cell Signal Booster Tower Antenna.  Want even better reception?  Add an external antenna. These work real well in that they act as a repeater taking in the cell signal then re-transmitting within your building.  The issue is that the deeper within your building you place this extender, the further it is from your window and less likely it is to receive a GPS signal.  In order to receive a GPS signal, the GPS antenna must be able to see the sky where the satellites are present.  No sky, … Read more

Mount a Sirius XM Radio on your Motorcycle

Want to listen to Sirius XM Radio on your motorcycle?  There are three things to take care of.  Where to put it, how to power it, how to hear it.  This overview is applicable to most SiriusXM radios made over the past ten years so there is a good chance that what you have will apply. For power, a universal hardwire kit such as the Eklipse Charging System is what you need.  These universal adapters have an ending that is a receptacle shaped like your car accessory lighter.  It has an end cap that can be closed when not in use and will attach … Read more

How to Hardwire your GPS to a Motorcycle or Car

Many GPS owners, especially motorcycle owners, would like to power their GPS while in use.  For most car owners, it’s an easy task to simply use the included charger and simply plug into the accessory port.  Not so for a motorcycle.  If not one of the lucky few to have an accessory port on your motorcycle, the likely solution is to either wire up an accessory port or hardwire your GPS to your motorcycle battery.  I always like to steer this task towards a motorcycle dealer but many motorcycle owners have the confidence and sometimes the ability to do it … Read more

Popular Mounts for Geocaching

The internet and a GPS make great partners together.  Unfamiliar with geocaching?  It’s a modern day treasure hunt using a GPS.  Where do you find out about the hidden treasures?  There’s a lot of websites out there that publish them.  The premier sites are geocaching.com and groundspeak.com but several others are out there as well.  The sites deliver coordinates by state.  Don’t forget to sign the hidden log when you find it. So the question is what GPS should you use and then where do I put it?  Your best bets are the handheld GPS units from Garmin (eTrex and … Read more

Sirius XM and FM Radio Static

So you just got a new satellite radio and it sounds awful?  Way back in the last decade, satellite radios were able to push out a solid watt (or more) of FM signals.  The problem was it pushed the signal not just to the radio in your car, but in others that were riding alongside you.  The FCC didn’t like that and severely limited the amount of power the internal FM transmitters could push out.  Unfortunately in many cases, it’s insufficient and a lot of people return their Sirius or XM radios because the old car radio sounded so much … Read more

Mounting a Videocam or Camera in your Car

You would be surprised at the number of people that would like to use their camera in the car.  With the introduction of cheap easy to use portable video cameras, everyone can shoot a video quickly and inexpensively.  Why use it in your car?  It’s especially popular for family trips.  Driving in the mountains or peeping leaves?  Shoot a video.  Driving next to the ocean?  Shoot a video.  Well you get the drift.  There is also a growing interest in dash cameras for purposes of documenting what the person in front of you is doing.  Comes in handy for accidents … Read more