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Old 10 October 2015, 12:31   #21
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Originally Posted by Pikey Dave View Post
Most decent GPS receivers will work inside a non-metallic box. My AIS receiver works perfectly well inside my console. I've no experience of the "budget" end though 😏

.....sh1t happens.......
They will work fine in a box but worth experimenting to see if there is a "best" way up - it may be obvious as with the mushrooms, also probably best not to be sitting on top of it (no harm will come to you, but people are great transmitters).
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Old 10 October 2015, 13:05   #22
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You will be fine through plastic. It's metal as Pikey says that is the problem. Don't know about wooden seat but doubt the device matters so if a smart phone can get GPS I expect so could 'cheapo' ones.

There will definitely be a top and bottom.

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Dunno. I've lost GPS signals driving through forests. That of course is wood/foliage with a lot of water. Not sure if dry wood would do the same.

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Old 25 October 2015, 11:56   #24
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i did this last year, and has worked perfectly ever since.
The GPS mouse sits inside the console on top of the radio and always seems to get a good signal.

DIY NMEA GPS source for VHF Radios

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Old 24 November 2015, 16:54   #25
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Finally got round to buying a GPS antenna.
This is what I've ordered.
Hopefully should fo the job along with my Standard Horizon GX1200E VHF set.
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Granted a week late, but

Ebay (or your favourite used kit vending establishment)

Get a Garmin Etrex / 12 / II / III / IV / V / 72 for under 50. Likely get a 12 for around 20 these days. All Waterproof (submersible), all throw out NMEA0183, and gives you a breadcrumb trail to get home with. If you have power on the boat, feed them through the plug and then you have the full 24-ish hrs of the AA backup battery in the handheld as well.

Just be careful of the Etrexes - the very early versions didn't output data, but they are so old they rarely appear.

If done right the conneting cable will likely cost as much as you paid for the used handheld!

As you alreeady have the antenna now, can use these as backup nav as well.....

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