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Old 01 June 2007, 07:14   #11
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With the cost of modern electronics I still feel that it will probably cost the makers about 10 to build it into the unit.

The baseband chips can now be bought for about $5(2.50) - they are already starting to appear in MP3 players so you know how far you have been jogging!!!

Obviously there are shielding issues etc but it would add very little to the price of a radio. It seem the makers think they need to add a fancy screen and mapping software which isn't needed.

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Old 01 June 2007, 09:36   #12
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Whilst I agree mapping is not required screening is very important otherwise the unit will not get through emmisions testing again this is why these products appear in the US and not here.

The good old US of A are not as concerned as us in the EU if the electronics sends out all kinds of rubbish

The suggestion I have fed back is a full class D DSC unit with a remote mic with the GPS in the mic.
This kind of unit is already available for some land base applications so watch this space

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Old 05 June 2007, 14:13   #13
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Just an observation but......Garmin do them for aircraft & have been for several years - wont be long before they make them for boats ( probably include sounder in same unit if smart).

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