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

K7FTP k7ftp at k7ftp.net
Mon Oct 26 13:30:53 UTC 2009


What capabilities specifically are you looking for?

We have a Lowrance Baja 540c in our Communications Jeep (see 
http://www.commojeep.com) and it is a great GPS, but one thing you will find 
with the Lowrance units are that maps are proprietary and somewhat out of 
date.

Their USA Freedom Topo series maps are great for the back country, but their 
city streets are over 4 years out of date as of the last time I checked. 
Since we use it mostly off-road, that hasn't been an issue, but in town 
seeking a specific address it could be.

I have asked if they have updated maps and have received no response.

For use on an ATV I am strongly recommending the Garmin Rino 530HCx.  It's a 
great GMRS radio and GPS combination, and maps can be easily downloaded from 
the Internet which are very up to date.  With a simple cable it can be 
interfaced to a Kenwood TH-D7A and give you both Garmin position reporting 
and APRS functionality.

We are going to be exploring to see if there is a Garmin unit similar to the 
functions and size of the Lowrance 540c but that will take the downloadable 
maps.  This would be ideal in our Jeep.

The Lowrance has an external GPS/antenna unit that is always on, so when you 
power up the display head you are immediately ready to run.  But with older 
map data, you have to keep that in mind.

Jim
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent Olsen" <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com>
To: <jason at ke4nyv.com>; "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:37 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS Chartplotter and 
APRS


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
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> This is the GPS
> I plan on getting in the next month and was wondering if it
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> will work with a
> Kenwood TM-D710A?
> http://www.lowrance.com/Products/Automotive/HDS-5-Baja/
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> 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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