HAM Radio kit and Tesla Model 3 antenna

After few days of planning, I’m switching to new configuration for car and home.

Advantages of new configuration are:

  • Antenna in car is smaller (rom 38.2″ to 13.8″) and still support up to 100W output
  • New car antenna is compatible with NMO connector already in car
  • Mag Mount is heavy to keep existing antenna stable with NMO connector and it can be used home, carry around as external antenna for HAM radio Go-Kit or stored in trunk of car of need more coverage.

Here is final setup:

Tesla Model 3

HAM Radio Go-Kit

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Tesla Model 3 + HAM Radio antenna

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DIAMOND K400CNMO Trunk/Hatchback Mount

NR770HNMO Dualband Mobile Antenna

  • Bands: 2m/70cm
  • Gain dBi: 3.0/5.5
  • Watts: 200
  • Height: 38.2″
  • Mount: NMO
  • Element Phasing: 1-1/2 Lambda, 2-5/8 Lambda

Antenna is installed on right side of car connect to trunk edge via K400.

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Cable is routed as follow:

  1. Under the moving part of trunk toward front of car (photo #1)
  2. U turn back down to bottom of fixed part around the rubber insulation used to protect wiring in the truck (photo #2 and #3)
  3. Inside trunk and stick on top of it to avoid any hanging (photo #4 and #5)
  4. Move down following the back of right seat and around the seating part (photo #6, #7 and #8)
  5. Under all weather floor mat to the area between central console and front passenger seat (photo #9 and #10)

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If you want to route the cable completely hidden, you will need a Diamond C110 extension cord and follow this video on how to tear down your Model 3:

Tesla Model 3 – All-Weather Mats

Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mats

Frunk

Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mat Frunk

Trunk

Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mat Trunk

https://shop.tesla.com/us/en/product/vehicle-accessories/model-3-all-weather-cargo-mats.html

3D MAXpider Floor Liners, (2) Front Seats, (1) Rear Seat All Weather Mats

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D9GMYG8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Taiwan trip plan

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Day 1 – Sunday 4/1

Location = Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
Look around the neighborhood

飯糰 (traditional breakfast)

Sunny hill (open at 10am)

Addiction aquatic development

Hotel check-in at 3pm

Shaved ice (green line)

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Long Shan Temple

HuaXi St Night market

Taoyuan Airport MRT = Taipei Main Station -> MRT G13 Beimen -> MRT G18 Nanjing Sanmin -> No. 97, Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105

Day 2 – Monday 4/2

Location = Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
ZOO Maokong Hot pot (6pm) @ MRT B18, exit 2 Zoo = MRT BR1 Taipei Zoo station

Maokong = BR1 Zoo station

Day 3 – Tuesday 4/3

Location = Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
Taipei Botanical Garden

TAIPEI 101

Lunch 12藍

Salon for fun

DaDaoCheng / DiHua St

YongKang St. Botanic = MRT G11 Xiaonanmen station, take exit 3

Taipei 101 = MRT R03 Taipei 101

Yongkang = MRT R07 DongMen Station

 

Day 4 – Wednesday 4/4

Location = Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
National Palace Museum Yangmingshan From 2pm – 4h trip

Hot Spring = Kagaya (7pm walk 5 mins)

Shilin night market National Palace = MRT R16 Shilin + R30 (Red 30 – Low-floor bus) to the National Palace Museum

https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/Article.aspx?sNo=03009216

Day 5 – Thursday 4/5

Location = Tainan

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
ChiMei Museum

Ticket time 12:45pm

AREA AnPing Minshuku WaDa

JiaJia at west market

High speed train to Tainan at 8:51 am

In Tainan: Taxi & Walk

Day 6 – Friday 4/6

Location = Tainan

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
Mid-West Walk City Center 8:30 kanpai Train back at 8:30 pm

Day 7– Saturday 4/7

Location = Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
Relax~
Meeting at 10am
DaShanWuChia (12pm)  Relax Metro + Taxi

Day 8 – Sunday 4/8

Location = New Taipei

TARGET A
(morning)
TARGET B
(noon ~ evening)
TARGET C
(night)
Transportation
Yehliu

 

 

Shi fen waterfall

Sky Lantern

Jiu Fen (teapot mountain – cancelled)

Eat along the way

Cab private day tour (reserved)

Day 9 – Monday 4/9

Location = Taipei

TARGET A

(morning)

TARGET B

(noon ~ evening)

TARGET C

(night)

Transportation
Relax Le Palais

Tea house

 Flight back  Metro

 

Verizon Jetpack 4G – Novatel mifi4620LE

MiFi4620LE

 

  1. Connect Jetpack to computer via micro USB cable
  2. Install Official MiFi4620LE Windows PC Driver from Verizon website 
  3. Verify in Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) that drivers are installed correctly and you have Novatel mifi4620L device under modem. If not, you will see unknown Novatel device reported with yellow exclamation mark, search online for correct drivers.
  4. Download latest version of DC Unlocker 2 to be able to confirm the status
  5. Important: Remove Verizon SIM card otherwise it won’t connect and show the details about locked/unlocked
  6. Open DC Unlocker 2 and select:
    • Manufacturer = Novatel
    • Model = Auto detect (recommended)
  7. Click on Detect button to start device scan and you should get similar output as below:
===================================================================
DC - Unlocker 2 Client 1.00.1396
Detecting modem :

selection :
manufacturer - Novatel
model - Auto detect (recommended)

Found Applications port COM3
Found Diagnostics port COM4

Found modem         : MiFi4620L
Model               : MiFi4620L
IMEI                : 990000xxxxxxxxxxx
Firmware            : 3.20.16
Compile date / time : Feb 11 2013 22:07:46
Chipset             : Qualcomm MDM9600
NAND Flash          : MT29F1G08ABBDAH4   
SIM Lock status     : unlocked

===================================================================

 

MiFi should be unlocked, if it’s not and you want to unlock it: you will need to register and buy credit for DC – Unlocker.

The one I found was unlocked, so I didn’t test the unlock steps reported in the unlock Guide.

BTW: You don’t need to do firmware update steps as device is old, so it’s probably already updated to latest version of firmware and it will error out if you try to push same firmware version.

 

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