Family ~ Brandon Alex Artis [Grandson], 08/31/2016

Happy 12th Birthday to grandson #2!!!

Hi there! Enjoy your day and see you soon. –grandpa james


Photography ~ Have camera, will travel, 08/30

A way of moving some of my gear [kit] in my FTC.

The cargo bar and cart, with bag, are from Lowe’s. The bar is set to keep gear from moving and the bag to hold camera equipment. My ThinkTank webbing holds my lenses and other small pieces of kit.The cart for the bag supports the webbing. Testing shows nothing moves around. I also have a foot locker to secure longer items such as tripods. I am nearly ready for the road.



Technology ~ Thinkware F770–What do the beeps mean? 08/30

I received an answer to my Thinkware F770 support request.

 Monday, 08/29, I asked:

I want to know what the various beeps I hear mean. I know it is not a lane change warning because of my speed. I do not find them in my manual. Thanks!



In reply, 08/30, I received:

Hi James,

Thank you for contacting Thinkware Dash Cam. Although this is a F750 video, please watch this video to identify the alerts of the F770 as they share the same alerts:

  • LDWS notification at 0:31
  • FCWS notification at 0:39
  • Speed cam/red light cam notification at 0:49
  • Average speed zone alert at 0:52

The only alert that was not identified in this video was this referring to the dash cam switching from continuous to incident recording.

To lower the frequency of these notifications, you can lower the sensitivity of these two features as well as the impact sensitivity. You can adjust these settings on your app by going to “record settings” and changing the “cont. sensitivity” for the impact sensitivity and “Road safety settings” to change the LDWS and FCWS speed. Similarly, you can lower the volume of these notifications in “System settings”.

We hope this helps. Please feel free to contact us again if you encounter any other issues.

Kind regards,

Given this, I want English Alerts as heard in parts of the video. My feedback is being passed on.

Technology ~ DIY–Thinkware F770 Installation–Cellink B (the Battery) [Mod 09], 08/30

Neatly tucked away.

Power for the headliner & cargo area accent lighting and Cellink Battery for the Thinkware F770 DashCam pass through the area beneath the passenger seat. They are all grounded there too. The connections are soldered and covered with heat-shrink tubing. The wiring is then placed in split-loom tubing. I think the project is functional and looks neat.

I’d rather not have to switch the dash camera on/off versus its state being controlled by the ignition switch. I have not found a place to make that happen. Maybe one day…

Photography ~ FTC–Headliner Accent Lighting on [from outside the van], 08/29

Night photography…


2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mod Update, 08/28

1 month [received 07/28]…


  1. Bulkhead–COMPLETED, 08/04 [Story, 1st cmt.–a doozy!]
  2. Painted door panels–COMPLETED, 08/04
  3. Window wind deflectors–COMPLETED, 08/04
  4. 4′ x 6′ Rug–COMPLETED, 08/05
  5. Bike Transport Rig [BTR]–COMPLETED, 08/14
  6. Graphics–COMPLETED, 08/10
  7. Accent lighting [Chris’ work for 3 areas of accent lighting-rewired 08/26–08/28]. 7A [reflective tiles] and 7B [3-LED Cargo Area Light Switch] COMPLETED, 08/16. 7C is yet to come.
  8. Driver & Passenger side window tintingCOMPLETED, 08/18
  9. Thinkware F770 Dash CameraCOMPLETED, 08/25 [rewired power source 08/26]
  10. Roof Rack–Rhino-Rack USA JA8452 Vortex RLT600 Trackmount Roof Rack ] I will reorder this rack when long tracks are available–likely mid-September [see comment].
  11. Side Rails–No one has found running boards, side rails/skirts for this van.

2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mods 07 & 09, 08/28

Given the events of last Wednesday, 08/24, I rewired my accent lighting and the Cellink Battery.

Details are in my comments Technology ~ DIY–Thinkware F770 Installation, 08/23 & 08/24 article. I took a few snaps tonight to show:

  1. where I moved the switch for control of the cargo area accent light [mod 07] from the car pocket to the right rear door near the floor–red toggle; and,IMG_1942.CR2
  2. the location of the LED power switch for the Cellink Battery for the Dash Cam [mod 09]. The red glow is my reminder that it is on. To record in the parking mode, it must be switched off.IMG_1944.CR2