The search engine
was a dud. There's so much on this topic that I was overloaded with results.
All I've done so far is load up charts
and overlay GPS
tracks after the fact from sailing for record
purposes. Today, I created 2 routes and uploaded them into my GPS
for my sail tomorrow, successfully.
I'm using a Garmin
GPS72 that uses a proprietary 4-pin serial
cable in the back, and the other end of the cable is a standard 9-pin serial
cable. I bought a serial-to-USB converter so the GPS can communicate with my laptop
The problem is, the Garmin
GPS72 won't communicate directly with OpenCPN
. I have to import/export .gpx files (tracks or routes) to a cheezy, free program called EasyGPS. I can then open them with OpenCPN
and vs. versa.
I want to try chart plotting and I can't do this until I can cut out the middle-man and make OpenCPN see the Garmin GPS72 directly. I reviewed the manual that was posted and it was not very helpful.
Just as for EasyGPS, I have OpenCPN set for 4800bps, 8N1, flow control off, COM port 4. On my laptop
, I have the Prolific serial-USB bridge in the Control Panel
set for the same thing as per the manual. I tried 9600bps also, with no success.
The only difference I can see, is that I had to tell EasyGPS that it was talking to a Garmin brand GPS. There is no such provision in OpenCPN.
Anyone have a clue on how to get OpenCPN to talk to my GPS directly so I can chart plot? Or does OpenCPN not support talking to the GPS72 model?