[aprssig] Really CHEAP Puck-type USB GPS Receiver

r gilson rgilson14215 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 20 12:47:06 CST 2012

OK now is there an adapter so this receiver can be interfaced to a D7 or D700 Radio?  Awesome and simple way to get on APRS.

--- On Fri, 1/20/12, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:

From: Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com>
Subject: [aprssig] Really CHEAP Puck-type USB GPS Receiver
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012, 1:26 PM

If you want a GPS to use with a computer-based APRS or mapping program, this is an unbeatable deal.

Amazon is currently selling the GlobalSat BU-353 USB "hockey puck" GPS receiver for USD $25.28 with FREE shipping!

This is a USB-interfaced device that will work with any kind of COMPUTER-based APRS setup, but NOT with stand-alone hardware devices like Kenwood radios, TinyTracks, Tracker 2, etc.

The unit draws only 80mA at five volts from the USB port it is plugged into; i.e. no batteries or external power source required. The low drain means it will have virtually no impact on the battery life of a laptop or netbook.

It uses the now-ubiquitous SIRF-III GPS chipset and standard Prolific serial-->USB interface chip internally.  The standard Prolific driver commonly used with serial<-->USB cable dongles works with it, to create the virtual COM port required by most mapping and APRS programs like UIview or APRSpoint.

The SiRF-III chipset is sensitive enough that the device will probably work just fine inside the car on top of the dash, but the device is waterproof and has an embedded magnet to stick to the roof of a vehicle if needed.

Link to the Amazon page for this device (Warning: long URL may wrap lines and break)

<http://www.amazon.com/GlobalSat-BU-353-Waterproof-USB-Receiver/dp/B000PKX2KA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327081831&sr=1-1 <http://www.amazon.com/GlobalSat-BU-353-Waterproof-USB-Receiver/dp/B000PKX2KA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327081831&sr=1-1>>



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