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We've collected a few tips to make your life easier.

 

  1. Make sure that your loops are oriented in the same direction: the end of one loop on your antenna is connected to the beginning of the other.  If you're not sure whether you've got this right, you can check: stand your antenna up on one end and look at the side where you anchored the start and end of each loop.  To connect the end of one loop to the start of the other, twist together a wire coming down from the top on one loop (on the right in the image below) with a wire coming up from the bottom  on the other loop (on the left in the image). 

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  2. Twist the two ground wires of your antenna together along their whole length to keep them from waving all over the place and getting tangled up.  You can also twist the + and - antenna leads (the ones that plug into the board) together along their length.  Obviously, plug them in separately.

  3. The thin antenna wires really like to pop out of the breadboard.  To get them to stay, sand a little bit of extra enamel off so that you have some extra sanded length at the end (a total of about an inch is more than enough).  Fold it over to make a tight little "U" shape, then plug the bottom of the U into the board.

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  4. If EclipseMob app's "Record" screen gives you a message that there is no device connected when the receiver is plugged in and turned on, try wiggling the two switches to make sure they are properly seated on the breadboard.