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Old 26-11-2010, 10:02   #1
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Which GPS to Purchase ?

I recently downloaded openCPN and noaa raster charts. Thank you to the creaters and contributors... it's awesome. I want to purchase a GPS receiver exclusively to be used with the program. I'm using window 7 on my laptop. I use a lowrance 5300 chartplotter and prefer to keep it a stand alone.

Which gps receiver would you buy for this preference? what are my options?

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Old 26-11-2010, 10:14   #2
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I recently downloaded openCPN and noaa raster charts. Thank you to the creaters and contributors... it's awesome. I want to purchase a GPS receiver exclusively to be used with the program. I'm using window 7 on my laptop. I use a lowrance 5300 chartplotter and prefer to keep it a stand alone.

Which gps receiver would you buy for this preference? what are my options?

thanks,
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I bought a USGlobalSat BU-353 from Amazon.com for $36.95. It's cheap, it acquires satellites fast, it draws power from the USB port (80mA).

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Old 26-11-2010, 10:58   #3
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Some devices known to work are listed at GPS Devices | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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Old 26-11-2010, 11:50   #4
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same bought bu353 seems good so far with open cpn and google. Also have a Garmin 4210 but given the price difference Id go with$35 and the bu353.
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Old 26-11-2010, 12:46   #5
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thanks all. ordered the bu-353 from amazon.
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Old 26-11-2010, 14:41   #6
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Does anyone know if the BU-353 (or others) are WAAS enabled? Thanks
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Old 26-11-2010, 21:11   #7
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Does anyone know if the BU-353 (or others) are WAAS enabled? Thanks
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Yes. The unit comes with a program called GPSInfo. You can switch WAAS on or off in that program.

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Old 27-11-2010, 07:16   #8
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Yes. The unit comes with a program called GPSInfo. You can switch WAAS on or off in that program.

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Thanks. Now I'm wondering if my Pharos gps-500 (SIRF-III)) that came with MS Streets & Trips is also WAAS enabled? Is there a utility program of some sort that will detect it?
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Old 27-11-2010, 12:04   #9
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Which GPS to purchase?

Look at... GlobalSat-BU-353-Waterproof-USB-Receiver or a similar "hockey puck" receiver. We bought ours at Amazon for $37 Leslie & Philip
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Old 27-11-2010, 12:23   #10
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Look at... GlobalSat-BU-353-Waterproof-USB-Receiver or a similar "hockey puck" receiver. We bought ours at Amazon for $37 Leslie & Philip
Thanks for the reply. Ours is a hockey puck type receiver, but just not sure if it's WAAS enabled. By the way, how do you mount the BU-353 eg, inside or ouside?
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By the way, how do you mount the BU-353 eg, inside or ouside?
I just lay mine on the table beside the laptop. I have had no problem acquiring satellites below decks (or inside buildings, for that matter).

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I just lay mine on the table beside the laptop. I have had no problem acquiring satellites below decks (or inside buildings, for that matter).

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That's good to know. My Pharos performs well indoors as well and probably will do fine below deck too. Thanks
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It turns out that I'll probably purchase a Garmin 441s and interface it to OpenCPN. Can anyone recommend a reliable USB-to-RS232 converter that supports Windows 7? Thanks
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There have been much problems with the Prolific devices posted here. See the Win 7 thread and others.
So I would strongly recommend the Keyspan USA-19HS RS232/USB adapter. A little bit more expensive but worth its money if someone is not willing to spend his time to fiddle around with the cheap chinese adapters.

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I have given up trying to get the BU-353 to work with Windows 7. I just ordered a TransSystem GM-2 GPS receiver. It is very similar to the BU-353 but uses a new chipset and a different USB/Serial chip and driver.

It is the same price as the BU-353. I'll report when I get it how it works.

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