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

Kent Olsen ridgerunner at dslextreme.com
Mon Oct 26 14:59:59 UTC 2009


#1   I want the HUGE SCREEN!! I have a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx and I have always 
had a problem with seeing the screen while driving.

I have a friend that has the Baja 540c and I am very impressed!! The topo 
maps are so much better than the Garmin. I dont much care about the city 
street stuff since my Jeep does not see much on road use.

I have not bought an APRS radio yet and I think I will be wating till next 
year to have a look at the Yaesu FTM-350 when it comes out.

Jim, that is a great looking jeep!! Now I take it that you have the TM-D700A 
hooked up to the Lowrance Baja540C GPS? With this set up does it show other 
APRS stations on the GPS screen?

I will be send you an email directly asking you about some of the other 
items I see on you Jeep.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K7FTP" <k7ftp at k7ftp.net>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>; <jason at ke4nyv.com>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 6:30 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS Chartplotter and 
APRS


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with the Lowrance units are that maps are proprietary and somewhat out of
date.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city streets are over 4 years out of date as of the last time I checked.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/
>
> 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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