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Old 10 December 2011, 03:49   #1
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Cheapest GPS with Nmea support.

It doesn't even need a display - I just want something to sit in the console and output the Lat/Long to the radio in case I need to hit the red button.

Any experiences with these:


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Old 10 December 2011, 07:17   #2
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i had the same thing when i had a sib - i already had a garmin etrex legend which i discovered has a com port on the back and that if you buy the pc cable for it and cut the plug off, the instruction book tells you what colour wire to coonect to the radio. probably get hold of a second hand garmin legend for around 40 quid on ebay.

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something like that i looked at for club boat...
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Just pick up a gps aerial, either nmea2000 or 0183, whichever flavour suits your radio.
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Even Garmin Etrex has NMEA output and can be connected to 12v battery but needs good view of sky for good signal.
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What Erin said - I know for a fact the Raymarine antenna just needs power and has NMEA output.
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Originally Posted by maxhar View Post
sit in the console and output the Lat/Long to the radio in case I need to hit the red button.
Better still outside the console so it can see the satellites!

As said above, all bar the cheeeeepest Garmins do that, and also give you a few toys on the side (e.g Speedo). A GPS12 will set you back pennies, and will last for ages on a set of duracells. It's got no WAAS, but out in the rib with a clear view of the sky it's usually showing a predicted boat length or so of error. There are leads to bare wire ends, which saves you messing about cutting plugs off.

The Etrexes are about 1/4 the size & do the same thing. With one of them you can also use it if you are out in the hills or whatever.

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