[aprssig] Really CHEAP Puck-type USB GPS Receiver
lee.bengston at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 23:11:44 EDT 2012
On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
> If you want a GPS to use with a computer-based APRS or mapping program, this
> is an unbeatable deal.
> Amazon is currently selling the GlobalSat BU-353 USB "hockey puck" GPS
> receiver for USD $25.28 with FREE shipping!
Fyi, this is still available for $26.29 with free shipping. Mine
arrived late last week. So far it works great.
> This is a USB-interfaced device that will work with any kind of
> COMPUTER-based APRS setup, but NOT with stand-alone hardware devices like
> Kenwood radios, TinyTracks, Tracker 2, etc.
Yup - using it with a netbook when the netbook goes mobile.
> It uses the now-ubiquitous SIRF-III GPS chipset and standard Prolific
> serial-->USB interface chip internally. The standard Prolific driver
> commonly used with serial<-->USB cable dongles works with it, to create the
> virtual COM port required by most mapping and APRS programs like UIview or
And given most Linux distributions have prolific drivers built-in,
it's plug and play in most cases with Linux. I've tried it in Lubuntu
and Debian Squeeze in the netbook - works fine.
> The SiRF-III chipset is sensitive enough that the device will probably work
> just fine inside the car on top of the dash, but the device is waterproof
> and has an embedded magnet to stick to the roof of a vehicle if needed.
It works fine on top of the dash in the car even when in the garage.
My Garmin GPS II Plus struggles a bit when the car is in the garage.
> Link to the Amazon page for this device (Warning: long URL may wrap lines
> and break)
Thanks for posting this back in January. I didn't bite right away,
but fortunately it's still a great deal. Picking up one of these was
an easy way to get around the fact that the Opentracker USB doesn't
pass GPS data to a computer when in KISS mode. I left my old GPS,
which has a serial port, dedicated to the OT-USB for stand-alone
tracker mode. When deploying the netbook in KISS mode, the new GPS
and the OT-USB connect to the netbook, and "presto" no USB to serial
Lee - K5DAT
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