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Old 04-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #166
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Hello everyone.....Indepentently I've been doing roughly the same thing.

I simply cut off the plastic hooks that go down to the stock Earbud's (daggers) and wired in a 3.5mm headphone jack. I then either velcro the antenna piece to the inside of a hat or clip them to the back of my collar.

Seems to work pretty well but I'm intrigued buy the use of a Microdot car Antenna instead for better reception. I live in upstate NY and my neighborhood has a lot of tree cover. The Microdot I have on my car gets much better reception (but that could be because the moving car gets out from underneath the interference quicker then my walking.

Does this cable you guys came up with actually work? Battery life affected?
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:31 AM   #167
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Hello everyone.....Indepentently I've been doing roughly the same thing.

I simply cut off the plastic hooks that go down to the stock Earbud's (daggers) and wired in a 3.5mm headphone jack. I then either velcro the antenna piece to the inside of a hat or clip them to the back of my collar.


Sounds similar to what was documented in the VDCHawk Earbud Conversion. ( PDF Document )

Here is Keith's thread about it.


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Seems to work pretty well but I'm intrigued buy the use of a Microdot car Antenna instead for better reception. I live in upstate NY and my neighborhood has a lot of tree cover. The Microdot I have on my car gets much better reception (but that could be because the moving car gets out from underneath the interference quicker then my walking.

Does this cable you guys came up with actually work? Battery life affected?
Sure the cable works. If you get a chance look at this that details the contruction.

This thread shows the project we did a year ago.
Stiletto Portable Earbud Antenna Cable Interest

IMHO, Reception is about 1 bar better than headphone antenna but battery life is slightly reduced. Typically this has not been an issue. But nothing is going to solve the tree-cover issue, Well I guess this might help

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Old 04-14-2008, 08:40 AM   #168
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Sounds similar to what was documented in the VDCHawk Earbud Conversion. ( PDF Document )

My unit is very similar but I wired in a 3.5mm jack instead. Just so I can change over to a MP3 player.



Hmmmm....good idea but I was leaning towards either Agent Orange or Napalm.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:02 AM   #169
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since you have this nice small connection, is it now possible to simply plug in the lighter adaptor from the s2 car dock right into the device? (or are there power issues).
I know there would be a little plug modification, but I want to know if I have to do anything electrical to make it work.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:12 PM   #170
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I believe it was someone in this thread who said "The magic was in the connector"

Well I figured out the magic today with the XM2GO conversion project thread I've been working on.

Remember this picture posted by DaJoker:



Well I can improve on that picture as I disected the connector last night.



Note the two surface mount resisters on the bottom. Each is measured at 1K with one side going to ground and the other to a pin which plugs into the stiletto.

Here is the Universal Plug & Play connector mapped out for the antenna headphone connector:



What this now means is if you have a dock with a Plug & Play universal connector that has all the pins you can unsolder it and use it to make your own portable antenna cable. In the past no one could make it switch from the internal to external without power. Now with the proper placment of two 1K resisters you can make your stiletto switch over from the internal to the external.

This still will not let us use the USB connector for this purpose as it does not have all the pins, but it certainly would be nice to now be able to find a source for the Plug & Play universal connector. They must be available somewhere as it is used by both XM and Sirius. Also a few 3rd party people, altec lancing for one, now make docks with this connector on it.

Now back to my other project!
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me_rubin, I've been following the XM2GO project with much interest, and have been one who tried to crack the antenna connector since the SL100 days, my hats off to you for finally breaking the barrier !!!

CONGRATULATIONS

I've been tearing the house apart looking for the old Universal connector I had from over a year ago, from the first 'portable' they sold, and of course can't find it. Time to hit Ebay.

Way to go, thanks .....
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I've been tearing the house apart looking for the old Universal connector I had from over a year ago, from the first 'portable' they sold, and of course can't find it. Time to hit Ebay.
Don't bid on the auctions I'm bidding on. Want to keep that price low!

The next thing we need to do is convert an old xm dock or sirius dock and besides making sure it works with the external antenna, is to see what it takes to "Wake Up" from sleep mode and record.

I always wondered why the home dock does this but not the car dock even though both are plugged in.

What could be different?
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