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Old 04-28-2007, 09:51 AM   #15
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Hey Roger, would that rig work with a cheap gps reciever?
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:07 PM   #16
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Hey Roger, would that rig work with a cheap gps reciever?
Cheaper the better, almost. Any receiver that can put out the NEMA sentence via a serial line will do (given that older laptops have serial ports). You can get a device to do serial-to-USB, which works for most lashups.

My system uses something they used to sell at Costco for about $65--it's a 1.5" square receiver with a USB cable, powered off the computer and has a driver that does a good job of bringing the data in and convincing the laptop that there is a bunch of data on the serial port. Costco lately was selling a Microsoft map package that included a similar item, for about $95, but I haven't seen it since the New Year.

My little module works fine just sitting under the windshield. I used to use a Garmin III, but it often needed an external antenna. Glad I don't need to do that any more. Still have the antenna, if anyone's interested--it's got a preamp that's powered from the Garmin antenna connector.

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Old 04-28-2007, 03:34 PM   #17
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The reason you need the laptop is to mark all the airstreams you see on the side of the road. You can then check them out on the way home.
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DeLorme has come up with a new package for $299.00, including the handheld GPS unit and the entire U.S. maps. There are options that can take it up over $450.00. It looks like a great piece of equipment and I, for one, plan to check it out. We just acquired a pristine summer "cruiser" (1991 Saab Turbo Convertible) and the handheld would be great for the limited cabin space in the Saab. At least with the Saab I can pull over on the shoulder and put on my bifocals to check the route!
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:46 PM   #19
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Cheaper the better, almost. Any receiver that can put out the NEMA sentence via a serial line will do (given that older laptops have serial ports). You can get a device to do serial-to-USB, which works for most lashups.

My system uses something they used to sell at Costco for about $65--it's a 1.5" square receiver with a USB cable, powered off the computer and has a driver that does a good job of bringing the data in and convincing the laptop that there is a bunch of data on the serial port. Costco lately was selling a Microsoft map package that included a similar item, for about $95, but I haven't seen it since the New Year.

My little module works fine just sitting under the windshield. I used to use a Garmin III, but it often needed an external antenna. Glad I don't need to do that any more. Still have the antenna, if anyone's interested--it's got a preamp that's powered from the Garmin antenna connector.

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Just a note here on details it is not a NEMA sentence it is a NMEA sentence. The standard is NMEA 0183 here is a link which will help explain it.
Publications and Standards from the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) / NMEA 0183

Here are some FAQ on NMEA

http://vancouver-webpages.com/peter/nmeafaq.txt

NEMA is here NEMA - National Electrical Manufacturers Association
They don't care much aboiut your GPS but will sell you a breaker box for your home.

You can crank up your com program on your computer and watch the data strings run across the com screen. If you are a little hady with Basic you can write your own program to pull and log data.

ZEP, everone types NEMA for NMEA, I have worked with it over the years so catch it when I see it. It is really a fun and simply standard to play with.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:25 PM   #20
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....ZEP, everone types NEMA for NMEA, I have worked with it over the years so catch it when I see it. It is really a fun and simply standard to play with...
LOL here! and thanks.

I beat up on my engineers because not one of them can spell "separate."

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Delorme makes a bundle with their Earthmate USB GPS bundle. I run the software on my laptop with the USB bug on the dash.
My laptop rides on a plexiglass tray on an arm I made from pipe fittings and flanges. Take a look at my photos for ideas. Cheap, and easy to do.

Oh, you could also do whole hog and invest in the new Navion R5000 system.... but only Lazydays seems to be quoting prices... still a mystery to me.
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LOL here! and thanks.

I beat up on my engineers because not one of them can spell "separate."

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That's because they are enjuneers they don't know how to speel. Sadly my daughter falls into that class. She is outstanding and chemistry and receives top grades on her practicals but loosed ground on the written stuff.

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I used the Delorme software and GPS receiver for years before I, for some reason I can't remember, I switched to Microsoft Streets & Trips w/GPS) (Actually, it had somehing to do with buying itfor $10 at an auction). It has a pretty blue light in the receiver, but the Delorme software was far more accurate than the Microsoft. I was going to buy the Delorme software, but it isn't compatible with the MS receiver. The laptop sits nicely on the fold down console of the F250 on a sheet of rubbery non-slip shelving material.
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