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[aprssig] Really CHEAP Puck-type USB GPS Receiver

Allan May rxtech_03 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 20 18:42:43 UTC 2012


Good afternoon!!
I an going to purchase one but I have a question.. What type of computer based programs will run this? I want to get into APRS again. Are there any APRS programs out there? Thanks,
                  Allan May, WD4ITE
                 EC Mathews Co. Va

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On Jan 20, 2012, at 13:26, "Stephen H. Smith" <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:

> 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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> *****  NEW   Precision Mapping 9 For UIview Released! *****
>   http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/PMap9_Notes.htm
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> 
> Vista & Win7 Install Issues for UI-View and Precision Mapping
>    http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/UIview_Notes.htm#VistaWin7
> 
> 30-meter HF APRS over PSK63
>   http://wa8lmf.net/APRS_PSK63/index.htm
> 
> "APRS 101"  Explanation of APRS Path Selection & Digipeating
>  http://wa8lmf.net/DigiPaths
> 
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