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Old 29-12-2019, 22:17   #1
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Windows 10 - Holux GR-213 Connection problem

I have a puzzling connection problem with my Holux GR-213 puck-style GPS.

On the NMEA debug window I can see the coordinate sentence with the correct coordinate, but OpenCPN isn't using it.

I am using Windows 10 with the latest updates installed and the latest stable version of OpenCPN 5.0.0+9065270. The Prolific USB to Serial port is installed and configured. OpenCPN sees the COM port and when the connection is added, the NMEA debug window shows the following sentences:

<GREEN>10:36:36 (Serial:COM3) $GPGGA,033637.708,0750.1580,N,09830.5293,E,0,00,,-0.6,M,-25.2,M,,0000*75<0x0D><0x0A>
<GREEN>10:36:36 (Serial:COM3) $GPRMC,033637.708,V,0750.1580,N,09830.5293,E,,,301 219,,,N*7B<0x0D><0x0A>
<GREEN>10:36:36 (Serial:COM3) $GPVTG,,T,,M,,N,,K,N*2C<0x0D><0x0A>

The 0750.1580, 09830.5293 coordinates are contained in the sentences (modified values for privacy :-), but OpenCPN doesn't use them. The GPS icon on the screen remains red. There are only the three sentence types $GPGGA, $GPRMC & $GPVTG as far as I can see.

I would greatly appreciate any pointers.
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Re: Windows 10 - Holux GR-213 Connection problem

After checking the NMEA specs, I see the Fix type is 0. After moving the puck further outdoors it is working OK. Much simpler fix than I expected... :-)
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Old 30-12-2019, 01:35   #3
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Re: Windows 10 - Holux GR-213 Connection problem

Hmmm, I use a Holux M215 model, not sure what the difference is with yours, first I used it at home on Windows 10, no problems, now on the boat using windows 7, again, no problems, installed the same Prolific software.... I still have version 4.8.... might update..... or not yet
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