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[aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS Chartplotter and APRS

Jason Rausch jason at ke4nyv.com
Sun Oct 25 21:25:00 UTC 2009


No, I am not saying it will not work.  When you use the term "APRS" in a generic manner, its hard to tell you if it will "work" with this particular GPS.

You did mention a Kenwood D710 in your OP, so I will assume that is your target device.  The D710 is looking for 4800 baud NMEA serial data.  If this GPS can output standard NMEA at 4800 through a serial link, it should work.  The D710 uses a 2.5mm (3/32") stereo plug for the GPS connection.  Depending on the serial connector of the GPS, you will most likely have to come up with some kind of cable to connect the two together.  As for $GPWPL waypoint strings, that again is going to depend on the two-way NMEA capability of the GPS.  The thing I can tell you will NOT work will be the proprietory Kenwood/AvMap commands.  Having said that, IF the $GPWPL strings work with this Lowerance unit, they will most likely be simple waypoint marks without custom icons or any kind of comment data.

I was simply making the suggestion that you can probaly get a great Garmin unit for the same price.  The one I have run for years is the GPSMap 176c.  This is a color screen, non-touchscreen and not as great as the higher end models, but it does have a serial port and a nice big color LCD that is easy to read.  When it comes to relying on a GPS unit, Garmin is my only choice.

Embedded GPS modules are another story :o)

Jason KE4NYV
RPC Electronics, LLC
www.rpc-electronics.com


--- On Sun, 10/25/09, Kent Olsen <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com> wrote:

> From: Kent Olsen <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com>
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS Chartplotter and APRS
> To: jason at ke4nyv.com, "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 3:37 PM
> Garmin is not an option! I am
> installing this in a Jeep and need the 
> capability of the Lowrance.
> 
> Are you telling me that APRS will not work with this GPS??
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jason Rausch" <jason at ke4nyv.com>
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 8:44 AM
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS
> Chartplotter and 
> APRS
> 
> 
> Depending on the price, it might be worth looking at a
> similar Garmin model. 
> If you go with a refurb unit, you might get somthing even
> better for the 
> same price or at least close to it.
> 
> Jason KE4NYV
> RPC Electronics, LLC
> www.rpc-electronics.com
> 
> 
> --- On Sun, 10/25/09, Kent Olsen <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > From: Kent Olsen <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com>
> > Subject: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS
> Chartplotter and APRS
> > To: aprssig at tapr.org
> > Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 8:01 AM
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > This is the GPS
> > I plan on getting in the next month and was wondering
> if it
> >
> > will work with a
> > Kenwood TM-D710A?
> > http://www.lowrance.com/Products/Automotive/HDS-5-Baja/
> >
> > Under the specs it says it
> > has:
> > NMEA 0183
> > Input
> > NMEA 0183 Interface up to 38,400 baud
> > NMEA 2000 Pending
> > Certification
> > NMEA Output 0183/2000
> > Connectors NMEA 2000®, NMEA 0183 and
> > Ethernet
> >
> > One question I have is can I upload info from the
> radio to
> > the
> > GPS to show
> > someone's location as an Icon??
> >
> > Thanks
> > Ken
> > KF6PLH
> >
> >
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