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Geoff in Jersey, British Channel Islands listens the the podcast and asked: “I’m flying into Nashville soon for a two week holiday and I was wondering if you could advise me on the best dash cam for my Android phone, which is a OnePlus 5T.”
Geoff, none of them are going to be as good as a standalone device, but some features make a big difference.
For example, you may want one that can run in the background, since using navigation apps while traveling is very common.
Autoguard may be a good option that allows that, it costs $3 and it’s generally good, but unfortunately it won’t timestamp videos, which could be useful. Then again, if you get into an accident in a rental it’d be hard for anyone to argue that the video that shows that the other driver was at fault was from another time that you got into an accident driving the same model car and crashing into the same model car.
Another one that will run in the background is DailyRoads Voyager and it has the option of using it as ad supported free app or of paying for those ads to be removed. This app also includes acceleration triggered recordings so that it can record when it thinks it may have sensed an accident.
Smart Dash Cam is a sort of in between that also comes with accident detection and can have the screen off while recording, but it doesn’t truly run in the background. That means that if you’re planning to use another app to give you directions, this one won’t work for you.
Delbert in Tyler, Texas listens on KTBB and asked: “I have an outside antenna on about a 50-foot pole. I’m wondering if there’s some kind of receiver, amplifier to install on this antenna so I can run wireless to my TVs in the house.”
Delbert, you can buy inline amplifiers and preamplifiers to boost that signal so you can use it inside.
It may be a good idea to check that you even need them, since they’re not always necessary.
The devices themselves are fairly inexpensive, some high power, low gain ones cost a little more, but probably $20-30 would be typical for most.
If your signal is too weak, you may be introducing more noise than usable signal, so keep that in mind before investing too much money on these.
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