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By 19ninety, Member on 7th July 2012, 06:49 PM
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After having no GPS for about a year and getting annoyed with it not working I accidentally found a post about soldering wire to the contacts.
Well, rather than soldering I wondered if I could make a little tin foil antenna. Works a treat!! Pics below:
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7th July 2012, 06:55 PM |#2  
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9th July 2012, 12:13 AM |#3  
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Seems like a great idea,, much easier than soldering,,,, did you sandwich the foil between two pieces of paper ,, was it easy to clip it back together with this mod.
Very tempted to try it.
9th July 2012, 02:06 PM |#4  
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hi,im struggling with enanche GPS signal too. just two questions..is it just aluminium foil ( http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Folie_2007.jpg ) or some other foil? and behind,is a piece of paper to cover motherboard contacts?
thanks in advance
14th July 2012, 07:08 PM |#5  
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hi,im struggling with enanche GPS signal too. just two questions..is it just aluminium foil ( http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Folie_2007.jpg ) or some other foil? and behind,is a piece of paper to cover motherboard contacts?
thanks in advance

Any conducting foil should be good enough if you ask me. But look at other threads - about resistance/lenght of the antenna etc. - this one is quite a guess, but should be better than not having antenna at all. By the way, if you have broken antenna (the cover), you could apply this patch to the cover leaving the spring contacts to do the resto fo the job.

And more... A new cover (antenna) on eBay is about 6 pounds? (10 euros?) - is it worth of making this by yourself when you can get a new cover?
1st August 2012, 05:33 AM |#6  
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After having no GPS for about a year and getting annoyed with it not working I accidentally found a post about soldering wire to the contacts.
Well, rather than soldering I wondered if I could make a little tin foil antenna. Works a treat!! Pics below:

Could you please post the URL to that web? I'd like to know how to open that cover

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1st August 2012, 09:11 AM |#7  
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Could you please post the URL to that web? I'd like to know how to open that cover

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It's just round the corner:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1318892


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3rd August 2012, 05:23 AM |#8  
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nice~ thanks..
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Is it possible that you could upload a folding and cutting template? Also, (and I believe it was mentioned a bit back) it appears that you have a piece of paper behind the foil to prevent accidental contact with the board other than on the antenna points. Would something like this also work on the other antenna points?
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Nice idea .. but i am afraid of shorting motherboard contacts... Perhaps any more detail from you in the long run would be appreciated...

Also my spring contact broke as soon as i tried to pull it up. so may be soldering a wire would fix my GPS!!!
31st August 2012, 12:37 PM |#11  
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Tried this. It helped a little but couldnt get a good connection and as soon as i moved the phone it would go
probably try to soldier a wire onto it
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