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    GPS Hardware?

    I've been getting the bug lately, especially with a bunch of (possible) GPS solution-looking stuff coming out that I'd like to experiment with... So my quesiton is this...
    What is the best GPS receiver to go with? And where is the best place to buy?
    I looked at Amazon, and found their GPS stuff, but it raised a few questions.
    I really liked the Garmin unit, but it said it came in two options, the USB and the Serial. I like the option for USB, in that there is no need for any sort of adaptor then. But Amazon reports that through USB, the only output the unit will give is the Garmin format. If I do the serial, it is through the industry standard NMEA 0183. So, how much limitation am I putting on myself if I go USB? It may not be too bad since it seems Garmin is the first big-name company to seriously put effort into backing Mac support anyway, but would having the NMEA be better in providing myself more options?
    I'd like to stay wired, rather than going through Bluetooth, cause I already run two programs on the Mac that use BT anyway, possibly a mouse or keyboard occasionally as well, and I don't want to bog down the channels too much. Also, the wired options are just plain less expensive, too.
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    try the bu353 works well for me. u can get from this store.
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    For my mac I use a serial garmin eTrex. Non-proprietary is the way to go. The "garmin" format that the usb models use isn't supported that well yet.
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    The Garmin binary format is proprietary, but it is well documented and the licensing is pretty liberal too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout
    The Garmin binary format is proprietary, but it is well documented and the licensing is pretty liberal too...

    Well it has been a while since I looked into it. I've been using the eTrex for years, never had a problem with it. I've stood over a survey marker and it's only been about 10 feet off. I figure that's close enough.
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    I use the BU353 as well, works great. I'm using RoadNav software.

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