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Old 23 April 2009, 15:16   #1
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Hi my first posting and hope someone can help.
I have a Garmin GPSmap 450 which I want to connect to my Icom IC-M411. The garmin has two NMEA wires (in and out) whilst the icom has a coaxial cable (outer conductor - and inner conductor +). My question is how best to connect the two and where can I get the connectors? I don't really want to get involved in soldering things unless essential!
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I've got an old Garmin 120 GPS connected to a Icom 411. Was having all kinds of problems but have sorted it now. On the Icom coaxial the RED + centre goes to the Garmin NMEA out (the wire is blue on mine) and the outer wire of the ICOM goes to an earth.
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=29278

As for connectors I'm not sure. I just used standard connectors for now isolated from each other until I can find or hear of a better solution.
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Thanks, so basically I connect the garmin blue (NMEA out) wire to the red inner conductor (NMEA+) on the icom and the outer wire of the icom and the brown (NMEA 1) on the garmin to earth?
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Thanks, so basically I connect the garmin blue (NMEA out) wire to the red inner conductor (NMEA+) on the icom and the outer wire of the icom and the brown (NMEA 1) on the garmin to earth?
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I don't know about the Brown NMEA out off the garmin. But the outer wire on the ICOM should be earth (did allot of searching on the net to find this out).

I wouldn't go connecting the Brown on the Garmin to anything until you find out better.
Connecting like I described has given me time, date, location etc info on the screen of my ICOM 411.
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Don't connect the brown to anything, that is the NMEA feed into the Garmin which you do not need.
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Thanks, the garmin handbook wants me to attach the blue wire (NMEA out 1) to the radio's NMEA In wire (which would be the red core) and the brown wire to the NMEA Out wire of the radio. Which does imply connecting both the brown wire and the outer wire from the icom to ground but I'll try and email garmin before I blow it up!
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Thanks Geoff
that's great so blue garmin to red inner core and outer core of radio to earth and we have lift off.
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actually looking at the wiring diagram in the garmin book it all makes sense now - the brown wire doesn't lead to anything!! Easy when someone who understands explains.
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No Problem.

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Auto parts stores should have a 2-pin Molex connector that would work, if be a bit bulky.

Electronics stores will have other suitable things like this

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It would be hard to fit a connection like that. The wire on the ICOM is a single coaxial type like an Ariel. Icom would have made life allot easier if they had put a separate earth and NMEA in wire on the back.
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