[aprssig] Sale Special -- Garmin GPS-18-USB

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Oct 29 02:39:25 EDT 2008

Just received an emailed sales flyer from CompuPlus.com .   They are 
offering the Garmin GPS-18 (USB version) for only USD $43 !  This 
includes a Garmin-provided mapping program for North America, "nRoute" 
that is similar to the maps produced on their car navigator GPS devices.

The USB version of the GPS-18 "hockey puck" outputs Garmin proprietary 
binary format only.  However there is a driver downloadable from Garmin 
that translates this to generic NMEA on a virtual COM port, so that it 
could be used with Windows mapping or APRS programs such as UIview, 
APRSpoint or APRSplus.   

As an alternative, the Franson GPSgate serial port splitter utility can 
capture the USB data stream from this device, convert the data to NMEA 
and output it to MULTIPLE virtual com ports for use with several 
GPS-oriented programs at the same time.  

[Note that the USB version of the GPS-18   WILL NOT  work with 
stand-alone non-computer devices like Kenwood radios, TinyTracks, 
OpenTrackers, KPC3s, etc.  YOu MUST have a Windows PC to make use of 
this device.]

URL for this special is:


No financial interest in this offering -- just thought it might be of 
interest to other APRS users.    


Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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