GPS Antenna Installation
As I intend to install the Alpine NVE-N999P I needed a GPS antenna. The NVE-N999P comes with a puck antenna that you are supposed to locate on the dash somewhere. I didn’t really like this idea as it looks a bit naff . Therefore thought it would be good to utilise the proper Land Rover GPS antenna.
Nick had used this quite successfully on his Disco 2 as can be seen on his site. I contacted Nick and he was very helpful. He gave me a lot of info which allowed me to obtain the various parts to the GPS antenna. A lot of the information here is courtesy of him.
The difference between the Alpine and Land Rover can be seen below: –
The two antennas have different connectors: –
|The Alpine antenna has a Hirose connector.I’ve found a few PDFs on this connector: –
||The Land Rover part normally plugs into a Becker navigation unit. No sure what type of connector this is!|
|The Land Rover part is connected by a loom (YMK000670) which starts at the roof and goes down the right hand ‘A’ post.The connector for the combined FM/GPS antenna end is very specific so there’s no chance of escaping this expense|
The final problem (after fitting) the antenna is the possibility that the Land Rover antenna is active (i.e. amplified) and the Alpine one isn’t. This means that the Alpine nav unit does not supply power to the antenna like the Land Rover Becker unit does.
Below are a few photos from the installation of the antenna in the vehicle: –
I’ll post more info on this as and when I get around to it.
Here’s a PDF of the original Freelander Nav Install Instructions
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Just an afternote. The GPS antenna connector on the Becker unit is known as a ‘WICLIC’.