Hi Dr. though i bought three different items, i actually did only one change,Shark Fin Antenna. The camera i bought is yet to be installed as it is a model that can be fitted to the licence plate but i have not finalised to display device portion. a cheaper option is to connect it to the 7 inch worldtech rear view mirror cum display screen costing around 4000/- or to connect it to a head unit. i like the stock display so i'm divided between retaining it and replacing it. one way of winning it both ways is to have a nice Tablet attachment which can be connected to the rear view camera. unfortunately, except for one or two costly options, there is NO economical way of inputting an analog video [RCA connectors] from these cameras to any tablets [even in 2014]. These Tablets have other utilities such as connecting video calls, wifi, excellent High definition music equalizers, what not, as well as useful inbuilt navigation. instead of buying expensive gadgets for standalone navigation we can simply buy a lifetime subscription for few hundreds for the tablets from the same vendor in the form of 'Apps'. the screen size could be anywhere between 7 to 10 inches
another utility is these could be carried in hand when we get down and go to office for other uses..the research continues..The '24 led dome light' Rs.199/- was ordered in Ebay but what they delivered was '24 led parking light'. and after many repeated emails they kept quiet and the ebay said that they have granted me a refund of 125% i.e. i can buy any new article worth 125% of the price i once paid
..The shark fin antenna was fixed by me with the supervision of my 9 year old son. after positioning and placing it on the top and before removing the protective cover of sticker i asked him to identify whether it was straight. he asked me to turn it slightly to left and presto i placed it. after re-examination i realised that my original position was correct.
...what to do!. tried to remove it but failed and like an irctc booking on weak internet it never budged. the only consolation was that the tilt is not visible on a casual look unless seen by a perfectionist [never me !] and the FM reception was just fine. The speakers on the left side were mute. after some research in the menu i found that the settings on the balance of audio was wrong and after some tweaking the audio quality was fine. i tried connecting my android phone but it showed only a 'usb device' but no audio was detected or heard. after a few days i remembered my old iphone which was out of order and forgotten to a corner in my drawer. charged it overnight and tried it. Bingo, the display identified it as ipod and my "chocolatee" dolphin is immediately on its feet/fins with excellent sound quality. i can't claim to be an audiophile, but an ordinary mortal who knows when the music sounds good... now my two month research on ICE-cum-navigation is put on backburner... one more important addition was the bronze Swamy [Lord Shiva on the back of Nandi] on Dashboard. buying a car was always on a corner of my middle class mind [yes, the nagging one, frequently prodded by our life partners, without any effort] for years but the day we ultimately finalised that we shall have ONE, this Swamy was gifted to my wife by her Divisional Manager on his retirement day. That day we felt 'He' has blessed our decision, so my lookout for any Dashboard idol was Naught. the only task was to identify a way to invoke Him in our Dash. after visiting so many gift shops/frame shops, for a suitable platform to place him, a chance 'bingo' moment arrived thanks to an advice from a hardware store friend. immediately, visited a electrical switch board cutter shop, selected a maroon sheet, cut it into desired size, unpolished it in the specific area where the idol would contact it (it took two full hours ! ], applied araldite carefully on the inside of the idol and the sheet and left it to dry for a day. later bought a 3M double-side tape and placed the Swamy on a pradosham time in the Car and prayed to Him to lead us hereafter. so that's the Mod so far. Excuse me for the lengthy post and for a shoddy picture. will post a good one later after some other modification. 143386[/ATTACH]