will my GPS work with the antenna inside in my basement?

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I just screwed the connector on and ran the cable/antenna as high as I could.
But when I start the 6K, and smartcat starts it doesn't show any indication that it was detected.

Any ideas? Should I move the antenna outside, into the clear?
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I doubt it from the basement... Will work here on a window sill facing south. You probably need an outside antenna. Jim K4JAF
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Not likely, there are 24 birds + in space orbit, with the antenna in the clear your antenna can see 12 + or - a few depending on the topology at any given time. However, for the most part the GPS signals will not penetrate most structures. You want to place the antenna so it has the best view of the horizon you can get in all 4 directions if you can achieve this you will not have any problems. However, for the most part there should be 3 to 4 birds overhead so if you can achieve a view from 45 deg to 90 deg in 2 to 3 directions, you should be good
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Thanks to all, I managed to fish the cable through the PVC pipe out my basement wall that has all my antenna coax.
Used the excess cable to get the antenna up as high as I could.

Sure enough, 'Radio Setup' now reports my location.
Sat Tracked 112
Sat Visible 17
My house is NOT moving or at least it's moving at 0 kts.
And...the UTC Time it reports agrees with Digital mode Time Sync program.

I think there is a way to sync that time with my router/switch network.
But that's for another day.

Thank you