Electronics

I’ve been an electronics enthusiast since the early 1980’s. As a result, every VW I’ve ever owned has had one upgrade or another. Click the submenu items to for more details. Here’s a summary:

Helix Sound System(completed on 1/20/17) – This Volkswagen accessory used to retail for $660. Volkswagen has discontinued it and slashed its price to $300. I found one dealer selling it for $235 shipped (after 10% rebate). The system includes a 5-channel amplifier with digital signal processing and a small subwoofer which replaces the spare tire. I found a dealer that would install it for $312. No thanks! I did it myself. Read this entry to see how i did it.

Wireless Phone Charging(completed on 1/23/17) – I prefer to avoid using my phone’s USB port by charging my phone wirelessly. I had seen accelerated wear, even failure, of my the USB port on previous phones. So I knew I wanted to use wireless charging in the car to reduce wear and tear. I found a Qi charger I liked and then GOOP’d it to a ProClip mount that’s designed for the Mk7. I routed my cord through the AC duct and behind the dash, plugging it into the 12V outlet that’s inside my arm rest. See this entry for more info.

Rockford Fosgate Subwoofer System – (completed on 1/30/17) – This upgrade was going to happen with or without the Helix system. I had actually started assembling the parts and building the box before the Helix price dropped. This upgrade exchanged the Helix subwoofer for a 10-inch unit that will allow me to keep the spare tire (to say the very least). There’s far more to this upgrade than what I’ll write here. See this entry for more info.

Amateur Radio Suite(completed on 2/1/17) – I’m not an avid ham radio operator. But I like my toys and enjoy having the capability to get things accomplished. While not a “Doomsday Comms” or “Prepper” setup, my suite can offer digital communications without relying on cellular services or public intrastructure. I’ve installed only my VHF/UHF transceiver for now. I’m undecided about whether I’ll ever install my HF radio. See this entry for more info.