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David

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Aug 12, 2019, 9:08:24 AM8/12/19
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Any recommendations for a good GPS receiver to connect to a laptop?

Back in the day I had a serial cable for my old Etrex but I don't
currently have a serial port, and I suspect that a USB receiver would be
cheaper (and much more effective) than sourcing a USB/serial cable for a
serial eTrex.

A quick look suggests that there are some at £10-£15 and others £30+ but I
have no idea how good these are and how well supported they are by mapping
software.

One use would be to update Open Street Maps

Cheers


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Aug 12, 2019, 9:16:30 AM8/12/19
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David has brought this to us :
> Back in the day I had a serial cable for my old Etrex but I don't
> currently have a serial port, and I suspect that a USB receiver would be
> cheaper (and much more effective) than sourcing a USB/serial cable for a
> serial eTrex.

You can buy serial to USB adaptors.

David

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Aug 12, 2019, 9:33:17 AM8/12/19
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However my eTrex will not support the latest alternatives to GPS such as
GLONASS nor have the latest and fastest chipset.

I should perhaps have asked which GPS chipset is the one to look for.

Dave Plowman (News)

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Aug 12, 2019, 10:26:02 AM8/12/19
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In article <qirorb$hoc$1...@dont-email.me>,
I use these with aftermarket car ECUs - like MegaSquirt. Do note not all
are identical. Some chip sets seem better than others.

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Reinhard Zwirner

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Aug 12, 2019, 3:06:48 PM8/12/19
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David schrieb:
> Any recommendations for a good GPS receiver to connect to a laptop?
>
> Back in the day I had a serial cable for my old Etrex but I don't
> currently have a serial port, and I suspect that a USB receiver would be
> cheaper (and much more effective) than sourcing a USB/serial cable for a
> serial eTrex.
>
> A quick look suggests that there are some at £10-£15 and others £30+ but I
> have no idea how good these are and how well supported they are by mapping
> software.
>
> One use would be to update Open Street Maps

Hi Dave,

I recommend Navilock NL-8002U though it is a little bit pricey:

<https://www.navilock.de/produkt/62523/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en>

It can receive (AFAIK) all existent GNS-Systems; there is a programm
with which you can configure it according to your needs.

HTH

Reinhard

Reinhard Zwirner

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Aug 12, 2019, 3:12:33 PM8/12/19
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Reinhard Zwirner schrieb:

[...]
Addendum: I'm not and in no aspect affiliated with Navilock ...!

Regards

Reinhard

David

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Aug 13, 2019, 7:41:56 AM8/13/19
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Thanks.

In effect a vote for the ublox-8 chipset.

I am assuming that the most significant factor in these devices is the
chosen chipset.

David

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Aug 13, 2019, 7:59:37 AM8/13/19
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So, possibly three contenders so far which seem to be able to access the
latest satellites.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/RCV-3000-version-Bluetooth-GNSS-GLONASS/dp/
B077YX9C1P> with Mediatek MT3333 chip.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navilock-8012U-2-0-Multi-Receiver-Universal/dp/
B00R998MJQ/> with ublox-8 UBX-M8030-KT chipset.


Or possibly only two.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/GT-730FL-Receiver-Function-chipset-software/dp/
B00I4Z1SQS> with SiRF IV chip. I am not sure that this one can receive
GLANOSS signals, though. Also, not good reviews on Amazon.
<https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renkforce-373686-GT-730FL-S-Data-Logger/dp/
B005OJUKAW/> which is significantly cheaper but seems identical to the
other offering.


Any comparative reviews between the top two, and general views on the
third one?

Thanks

David

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Aug 13, 2019, 8:22:21 AM8/13/19
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On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:08:23 +0000, David wrote:

> Any recommendations for a good GPS receiver to connect to a laptop?
>
> Back in the day I had a serial cable for my old Etrex but I don't
> currently have a serial port, and I suspect that a USB receiver would be
> cheaper (and much more effective) than sourcing a USB/serial cable for a
> serial eTrex.
>
> A quick look suggests that there are some at £10-£15 and others £30+ but
> I have no idea how good these are and how well supported they are by
> mapping software.
>
> One use would be to update Open Street Maps

I went looking for a way to use the GPS in the Android phone with the
Windows laptop.

<http://www.paludour.net/GPS2Blue.html> does this for a Windows based PDA
(remember those?).

I've found plenty of questions, but no answers.

It seems to be a no-brainer to use the GPS built into a phone to output
location data via serial or BlueTooth to a PC. I assume that there are
technical constraints, however, as I can't find an Android based solution.

dennis@home

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Aug 13, 2019, 12:07:23 PM8/13/19
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On 13/08/2019 13:22, David wrote:


> It seems to be a no-brainer to use the GPS built into a phone to output
> location data via serial or BlueTooth to a PC. I assume that there are
> technical constraints, however, as I can't find an Android based solution.

Something like GPStether in play store?

No idea if it works, there are quite a few alternatives listed if you
search for bluenmea but that one has gone AFAICS.


David

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Aug 13, 2019, 2:36:37 PM8/13/19
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Thanks.

That just seems to link an Android phone to a non-GPS Android or iOS
tablet.

I need a client which will run on a (preferably Windows) PC.

Reinhard Zwirner

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Aug 13, 2019, 4:58:43 PM8/13/19
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David schrieb:
> On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:06:46 +0200, Reinhard Zwirner wrote:

[...]
>> I recommend Navilock NL-8002U though it is a little bit pricey:
>>
>> <https://www.navilock.de/produkt/62523/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en>

[...]
> <https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navilock-8012U-2-0-Multi-Receiver-Universal/dp/
> B00R998MJQ/> with ublox-8 UBX-M8030-KT chipset.

Do you really need a 4.5 m long antenna cable?

Astonished

Reinhard

David

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Aug 13, 2019, 6:03:19 PM8/13/19
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? No idea what the point of this message is ?

Reinhard Zwirner

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Aug 14, 2019, 4:05:55 AM8/14/19
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David schrieb:
> On Tue, 13 Aug 2019 22:58:41 +0200, Reinhard Zwirner wrote:
>> David schrieb:
>>> On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:06:46 +0200, Reinhard Zwirner wrote:

>> [...]
>>>> I recommend Navilock NL-8002U though it is a little bit pricey:
>>>>
>>>> <https://www.navilock.de/produkt/62523/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en>

>> [...]
>>> <https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navilock-8012U-2-0-Multi-Receiver-Universal/
> dp/
>>> B00R998MJQ/> with ublox-8 UBX-M8030-KT chipset.

>> Do you really need a 4.5 m long antenna cable?
[...]

> ? No idea what the point of this message is ?

AFAICS the only difference between type 8002U (my recommendation) and
type 8012U (your 2nd contender) is the antenna cable's length: 1.5 m
vs. 4.5 m. I was wondering ...

Regards

Reinhard

David

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Aug 14, 2019, 1:31:59 PM8/14/19
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The one I posted was the one which came up as available in the UK.


Cheers



Dave R

Reinhard Zwirner

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Aug 15, 2019, 12:06:12 PM8/15/19
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David schrieb:

[...]
> The one I posted was the one which came up as available in the UK.

Have you considered to buy from Amazon Germany? Still duty-free ...

Regards

Reinhard

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Bump!
Dropped off the end of my NG reader.

David

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Apr 19, 2020, 1:57:17 PM4/19/20
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Darn!
I was hoping that all the thread would re-appear.



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Bumping this one.

David

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Apr 22, 2020, 10:39:21 AM4/22/20
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On Sun, 19 Apr 2020 11:15:02 -0700, chelsworth.lodge wrote:

On Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:59:37 UTC+1, David wrote:
On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:06:46 +0200, Reinhard Zwirner wrote:

David schrieb:
Any recommendations for a good GPS receiver to connect to a laptop?

Back in the day I had a serial cable for my old Etrex but I don't
currently have a serial port, and I suspect that a USB receiver
would be cheaper (and much more effective) than sourcing a
USB/serial cable for a serial eTrex.

A quick look suggests that there are some at £10-£15 and others £30+
but I have no idea how good these are and how well supported they
are by mapping software.

One use would be to update Open Street Maps

{Response}
I recommend Navilock NL-8002U though it is a little bit pricey:

<https://www.navilock.de/produkt/62523/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en>

It can receive (AFAIK) all existent GNS-Systems; there is a programm
with which you can configure it according to your needs.

So, possibly three contenders so far which seem to be able to access
the latest satellites.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/RCV-3000-version-Bluetooth-GNSS-GLONASS/dp/
B077YX9C1P> with Mediatek MT3333 chip.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navilock-8012U-2-0-Multi-Receiver-Universal/dp/
B00R998MJQ/> with ublox-8 UBX-M8030-KT chipset.


Or possibly only two.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/GT-730FL-Receiver-Function-chipset-software/
dp/B00I4Z1SQS> with SiRF IV chip. I am not sure that this one can receive
GLANOSS signals, though. Also, not good reviews on Amazon.

<https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renkforce-373686-GT-730FL-S-Data-Logger/dp/
B005OJUKAW/> which is significantly cheaper but seems identical to the
other offering.


Any comparative reviews between the top two, and general views on the
third one?


Just de-commenting this old post in the hope that someone has an update.
The RCV-3000 which was going to be my first choice now seems to be
unavailable and I can't seem to find a recommended data logger which will
run stand alone on battery or will work connected to a PC.

Any help more than welcome, as usual.


Cheers



Dave FR



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