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Old 21-05-2011, 08:20   #1
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Using GPS Sensor for nmea

i would like a redundant GPS sensor that would mount on a rail and provide a stream of NMEA data for my fixed mount VHF and autopilot. hopefully it would only need 12 volts and no user input needed. i have seen garmin and humminbird receivers but it looks like they must be attached to another device for power. are there any stand alone devices like these available for a reasonable cost? thanks.
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Re: using GPS sensor for nmea

Raymarine's RayStar 125 should do what you need. I use mine exactly as you describe. It is switched separately from the rest of my instruments. I give it 12V and it gives me NMEA data.
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There is a Garmin device that will do this. The NMEA model can be had as an OEM type part pretty inexpensively, i think we got ours from GPSCITY.COM for around $125. You could also mount one of the handheld ones beliw deck in your nav station where it would also be a secondary display. Some of these will take a cable with plug and wires for 12v input and NMEA output. I am using an old Garmin GPSmap60 in this way.
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