[aprssig] Magellan GPS needed for testing

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon Feb 6 00:24:43 EST 2006

Thanks everyone, got it covered!  If anyone's interested in experimenting,
here's a sample of the current output from the prototype:


That's with no knowledge of how it handles blanks and zeroes in fields, what
the maximum field lengths are, allowed characters for names and comments,
and so forth.  If I got it right, opening up Hyperterminal or some other
comm program and sending that data to a Magellan GPS receiver should make a
bunch of waypoints.

If you try it, let me know what happens...


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Scott Miller
> Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 8:05 PM
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> Subject: [aprssig] Magellan GPS needed for testing
> Basic support for the Magellan interface protocol turns out 
> to be pretty
> easy - way easier than Garmin, anyway.  I don't happen to 
> have a Magellan
> GPS receiver for testing, though, so I'm hoping someone out 
> there has a
> reasonably recent Meridian or SporTrak (with data cable) that 
> they could
> loan me for a week or so to test Magellan protocol support in 
> the Tracker2.
> I'll offer the same deal I've been giving for the Garmin 
> loaners - a free
> OpenTracker kit, or credit toward the Tracker2 when it's available.
> I'm hoping this won't even have to be a configuration option, 
> and I'll be
> able to send Magellan format waypoints ($PMGNWPL) along with the NMEA
> output, so you'll be able to plug in any (non-USB) Magellan 
> receiver and get
> altitudes, comments, and symbols instead of just dots and names.
> And if you've already responded with an offer of a Garmin and 
> I haven't
> gotten back to you, don't worry - I'm still working my way 
> through the list.
> Thanks!
> Scott
> N1VG
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