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Figure 28 - A ridiculously strong NIB magnet will hold the GPS to a steel object
Figure 28 - A ridiculously strong NIB magnet will hold the GPS to a steel object

To create a very secure mounting system, I fastened a 2 inch long NIB (Neodymium) magnet (Figure 28) to the top of the plastic box using double sided tape. This magnet was actually much too strong for this application, but I didn't want to lose my GPS on the road. When stuck to a metal body, the magnet holds on with such force that I need to pry it up with a plastic screwdriver as it would tear the lid right off the box if I tried to pull it free. A magnet of half the size would be just fine, but at least I know the GPS tracker unit wouldn't fall into enemy hands (or a storm sewer).



Figure 29 - Finding the perfect hiding place that would give the antenna a clear view
Figure 29 - Finding the perfect hiding place that would give the antenna a clear view

Installing the stealth GPS tracker is as easy as sticking it to any metal surface, but the antenna needs to have some room to receive the faint GPS signals. I found the unit to work well in most installations, including under a vehicle, but the license plate compartment was optimal if it included a small hiding place like the Chevy S10 shown in Figure 29. Having the super strong NIB magnet meant that the GPS tracker could be mounted to the fiberglass parts of a vehicle as long as there was a metal object under the non-metallic surface.

Besides much more storage memory, another improvement I will make in the next version is to include the GPS Fix status LED once again so that the system can be started up before placement, saving time and guaranteeing that the unit will begin recording live coordinates as soon as the record button is pressed. Having the Fix LED blink until the recording starts would be best so that there are no flashing lights on the box. Having a blinking red light would be an obvious giveaway at night, not to mention the device would look like a small bomb! I am all for pranking my friends, but that would be too much!

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