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Old 10-27-2006, 10:49 AM
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I was thinking about how the antenna connection is made (and if it is made!). I assumed it was through the mini USB port, but I found it is a 4 pin connector, 2 for power and 2 for data:

Doesn't seem the mini USB has the ability to transmit RF, so I examined the snap-in adapter.

At the bottom of the snap-in adapter is a wire loop, that when the phone is clipped in, touches the bottom of the phone (which is where the antenna is in a V3):

I looked at the bottom of the part that hinges up, and it appears that wire loop is connected to a coax wire.

On the bottom of the snap-in adapter is the connector which mates with the base plate, and it includes a female coax connector, which connects to its male counterpart on the base plate:

Could it be that the wire loop touching the bottom of the phone near the antenna is enough to make a connection?
2005 545i - sold
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