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Thread: GPS Recommendations

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    Jul 2003
    Orlando Florida

    GPS Recommendations

    I am looking for a GPS receiver, for my mp3 player/carputer, I am writing custom software for it, so software packages are not a problem, however ease of interface is certainly a consideration.

    I have been thinking of the Delorme Earthmate (or Tripmate) serial version as it seems to meet all my requirements (I can find the interface spec online) however, I would not like to purchase it without opinions on other devices that may fit the bill

    So I am soliciting opinions...


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    FLAC cproaudio's Avatar
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    The fastest locking GPS receiver seems to be Garmin GPS35 and GPS16 according to people on this forum and from personal experience. Garmin is software configurable. You can turn on and off each of the signals it receives. If you ever want to use Copilot software in the future, you have get either Copilot receiver or Rand Mcnally receiver. Both suck though but they get the job done. Actually any GPS will work just fine though Garmin seems to lock faster than other receivers. My next GPS receiver will be Rand Mcnally because it'll work with Copilot 2K3 and other softwares as well.
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    hey CPRAUDIO, I have the rand mcnally gps antenna and copilot 2003. Surprisingly Ive only had 1 case where the Antenna did not lock right away. Otherwise my Coplioot locked onto my location the second the program was launched.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    my earthmate usb locks in around 25-30 seconds.
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    Maximum Bitrate gizmomkr's Avatar
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    My vote goes to Garmin - the 16 & the 35 are great!
    I just got the GPS-16 and it started to aquire satelites while still inside. As soon as I walked out to my back deck it locked.
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    I use my Garmin GPS35 with CoPilot 2003. Previously I used it with 2001. It just needs some configuration of the output sentences, done from HyperTerminal over serial.

    The GPS35 locks all satellites when inside my metal trunk (not it's permanent mounting location ).
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    Basingstoke, Hants
    Have you considered a GPS mouse? All they do is generate a message and tranmit is as either SiRF or NMEA. They'll come with the drivers you need to for a USB port and then all you need to do is process the sentences. I've been using (and selling) the Haicom 202E. They do a warm start in 2 or 3 seconds and a cold start inside 30. The GPS engine is about the size of a matchbox. In my car it sits on the parcel shelf and in my RV on the dashboard.

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    Jul 2002
    could use some help with this, i have the 7" touch screen, and just got copilot3, how do i get to punch in a new address without a keyboard? I can do the pull keyboard on XP but not after copilot is open. answer is probably real simple, excuse my ignorance as this is my first time dealin with gps. graci!

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    Maximum Bitrate Skippman's Avatar
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    Has anyone tried the BlueTooth unit?
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    Maximum Bitrate MaleBuffy's Avatar
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    I use my Garmin GPS35 with CoPilot 2003. Previously I used it with 2001. It just needs some configuration of the output sentences, done from HyperTerminal over serial.
    Care to share the configuration etc? Thanx

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