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

K7FTP k7ftp at k7ftp.net
Tue Oct 27 15:00:57 UTC 2009


The screen size on the 540c is hard to beat, and it is very clear.  That was 
one of the factors that weighed in heavily when we decided to install and 
recommend it.

The topo maps that you can get for free for the Garmin beat the Lowrance 
maps for updates and resolution, but the Lowrance Topo Freedom USA are not 
bad if you are not looking for city data.

The TM-D700A and 540c make a great combination.  You can have the 540c 
display waypoints sent to it from the 700A representing APRS positions 
received, but we usually leave that turned off to keep clutter down.  During 
special events or SAR ops it can be turned on quickly.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent Olsen" <ridgerunner at dslextreme.com>
To: "K7FTP" <k7ftp at k7ftp.net>; "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja Off-Road GPS Chartplotter and 
APRS


> #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
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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