Receiving Transmissions from Space

I’ve used the two-way radio installed in our EcoSport to receive a transmission from the International Space Station (ISS), a satellite orbiting the Earth at a height of about 400 km. Tracking satellites is part of my hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast. Installing a powerful receiver in an EcoSport allows me to move around easily and find optimal places to conduct radio-related experiments.

Contact Camarines Norte (hi-res)

To watch the video on how I received transmissions from the ISS, head directly to Receiving Transmissions from Space.

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Testing a Sony TPS-L2 Walkman

I had fun connecting this retro cassette player to the audio line in of our EcoSport, using standard audio cables (3.5 mm jack on both ends). I’ve found this 1979 player in a surplus audio shop (for 1 USD, labeled as defective) and restored it by replacing the belts. The Sony TPS-L2 is the very first model of Walkman released by Sony, and was featured recently in an awesome movie. I guess the seller does not really know that this particular Walkman model is a collector’s item among audio enthusiasts.

TPS L2 (7)

This is a just a test, and no, I won’t be keeping this on my dashboard. To watch the video of the TPS-L2 test, head to Testing a Sony TPS-L2.

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Removing EcoSport’s Antenna

There may be several valid reasons why you would need to remove the stock antenna of an EcoSport: (1) the antenna has been damaged and needs replacement, (2) you plan on replacing it with a fancy non-stock antenna, (3) you have no need for it and plans on installing a shark’s fin instead (antennas can damage car covers, and car covers can damage antennas).

To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s stock antenna, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Antenna.

Related link:
Stock Antenna Modification
Amateur Radio

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Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge

A tire pressure gauge is an instrument for measuring the air pressure in a car’s tire. Proper tire pressure is essential in promoting road safety and maximum fuel efficiency.

To watch the video on how to use a pen-type tire pressure gauge, head directly to Using a Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge.

Related links:
Recommended Tire Pressure for EcoSport’s Wheels
Portable Air Compressor

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EcoSport’s Emergency Rear Door Opener

EcoSport’s rear door (boot door) does not have a manual override. If the door’s actuator fails, the rear door won’t open until repairs are made. In this video, I have demonstrated how I installed an emergency rear door open knob that you can simply pull to open the rear door.

The DIY manual override knob features the following:

1. When the vehicle is locked, the knob will be automatically disabled. If a child pulls this knob, it will not open the rear door for as long as the vehicle is locked.

2. When the engine is running and the knob is pulled, a notification ‘door open’ appears on the dashboard’s console. The rear door will open only when the vehicle is unlocked.

3. It integrates fully with the alarm system, i.e., if someone pulls this knob when the alarm is active, it will trip the alarm. But then again, with the vehicle locked, the alarm sounds off but the door will not open!

Emergency Rear Door Opener (2)

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Installing a Rear View Camera

In addition to a front-facing dash camera, some car owners prefer to install a rear-facing camera. In the case of an EcoSport, this camera may be mounted on the rear door. The power supply cable of the camera may be neatly hidden behind the rear door panel, and passed through the door’s rubber connector.

rear view camera2

To watch a video on how I installed a rear view camera, head directly to Installing a Rear View Camera.

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Installing a Dash Camera
Removing EcoSport’s Rear Door Panel
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Rear View Camera Road Test

I have installed a rear view camera (or a rear-facing camera) in our EcoSport. This camera is a Transcend DP110, which is actually a gift from one of our blog readers. The camera is mounted on the rear window.

To watch a sample video taken with this rear view camera, head directly to Rear View Camera Road Test.

Related link:
Driver’s-View Camera in an EcoSport
Roof-mounted Camera
Installing a Dash Camera
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Camera on EcoSport’s Roof Rail

I have recently finished building a small removable roof rail camera mount, which I intend to use in capturing scenes while driving. The camera mount attaches to the roof rail using a standard thumb screw. It has a plate that raises the camera to about 6 inches (can be made longer). At the end of the plate is a ball-and-socket mount, to allow pointing to any direction.

roof mounted camera (2)

To watch a video demonstrating this roof-mounted camera, head directly to Roof-Mounted Camera. To view a sample video taken with this mount, click here.

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Driver’s-View Camera in an EcoSport
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Folding the Motorized Antenna Mount at Highway Speeds

About a year ago, I’ve built a DIY motorized antenna mount (for two-way radio) from a spare stepper motor and controller. There are two design requirements in building motorized mounts: (1) it must be stable enough, even at high speeds and (2) it must be able to lower and raise the antenna even at high speeds.

Motorized Mount 1

To watch a video showing how the antenna mount performs at highway speeds, head directly to Motorized Antenna Mount Road Test.

Related links:
Shifter Knob Button (PTT)
Installing a Two-Way Radio (Advanced)
EcoSport 200-km Range Mobile Setup
DIY Motorized Antenna Mount
Installing a Two-Way Radio (Basic)
Testing the Range of my Two-Way Radio 
Stock Antenna Modification

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Installing a Reverse Horn in an EcoSport

A reverse horn (or a back up horn) is a small signalling device used to alert pedestrians and passers by of a vehicle moving in reverse direction. Reverse horns produce beeps of a certain tone and length that follows international standards. It draws power directly from the vehicles reverse light harness. In this modification, I have described how I installed a Maruzen back up horn in an EcoSport.

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