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[aprssig] Anyone use GPS module as alt to full GPS unit ?

Wes Johnston aprs at kd4rdb.com
Mon Mar 14 18:46:19 UTC 2005

I've thought about using a GPS18 or other hockey puck GPS that autostarts as the
GPS input for my kenwood d700.  If I apply switched power to my GPS162
mapdisplay unit, it won't come on automatically, so I just leave it on all the
time.  I'd much rather just turn that unit on when I want to see what my d700
is receiving.  Doing this would allow me to run the entire setup on switched
12v power and have 0 battery draw when parked.

If I were to do this, it'd be wired so that the hockey puck GPS got power from a
switched 12v source in the car and fed my d700's GPS input.  The d700's gps
output would be wired to the nice map display GPS.  I could wire either the
output from the hockey puck or the display GPS to a de-9 connector for my
laptop's benefit.

I have yet to figure this one out, but at one time, my d700 would auto start
when power was applied to it, but the next time I saved a PM mode, it stopped
doing it.  I have never been able to cause it to autostart with any regularity.
 Sometimes when I save a PM mode it begins to autostart again.  Does anyone have
a clue to how to make it do this all the time?


Quoting "Curt, WE7U" <archer at eskimo.com>:

> On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 maiko at pcs.mb.ca wrote:
> > Does anyone recommend a good 'GPS module + Tracker' circuit
> > as a lower cost alternative to buying a full blown GPS unit ?
> >
> > It would be nice to go and by a GPS module and connect it
> > into a tiny tracker or TNC for marathon work. I've seen some
> > kits and modules available, for example Jupiter series out
> > of the UK, and I'm sure there are more.
> >
> > I've never tried this, but I'm looking for cost effective
> > alternatives here.
> Try a PocketTracker mated with a GPS.  Any kind of puck-type or
> board-level GPS will still need an addition battery/power-supply to
> run it.  It might be better to just use a cheap handheld GPS that

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