[aprssig] Compatible GPS for waypoint upload?

Andrew Rich vk4tec at people.net.au
Tue Jun 12 16:21:22 EDT 2007

Time to start adding FTDI chips to APRS projects perhaps ?
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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of 'Scott Miller'
  Sent: Wednesday, 13 June 2007 5:31 AM
  To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
  Subject: RE: [aprssig] Compatible GPS for waypoint upload?

  I've got a related question, for those of you with USB only automotive GPS
receivers.  I know at least some of the Garmins still support waypoint
uploads (from MapSource?) via USB.  When you plug the device in to USB, what
happens?  Is the device still usable as usual, or does it display a
different screen?  In other words, if you had a PC connected to the device
instead of a tracker, would it be able to plot waypoints in a way that would
be usable for APRS?


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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Wes Johnston, AI4PX
    Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 12:23 PM
    To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
    Subject: Re: [aprssig] Compatible GPS for waypoint upload?

    GPSmap 276c

    On 6/12/07, Stephen Peters <scpeters at mac.com> wrote:
      Hello all,

      I've been looking around for an automotive style GPS (autorouting,
      good basemaps, color screen etc) that can accept waypoint uploads.
      I've been disappointed to find that most of the modern GPS units do
      not include an NMEA-0183 serial port, and instead only a USB port.

      With the advent of so many "waypoint upload" style APRS products, Can
      anyone recommend a good GPS unit to connect to the other end of such
      a device!

      For example, none of the Garmin NUVI series would work, neither would
      the modern Magellan units that I've seen.  The Tomtom website doesn't
      even provide enough information to determine if the port exists!

      There are some intriguing(?) products that could serve this market,
      but I don't know much about them, for example:
      (Maybe one of them could run Xastir??)

      Do you have a GPS that you use with $GPWPL sending hardware that you
      would recommend?

      I am already familiar with the Garmin 276c, and a number of the older
      monochrome units.

      Thank you in advance,


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