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Usb - Gps

I saw on a web site a GPS that plugs into a USB port. It seems to me that it is fairly small and only provides positioning data for a navigational program. Does anyone have information where I might find this item.
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Garmin has one...
http://www.garmin.com/products/gps18/

but you can get 'em at about half that price! Just google "usb gps"
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I have a US GlobalSat GPSMouse and it works quite well. It's inside the boat and has never failed to pick up satelittes. They also have a waterproof one you can mount outside. I got mine for just under a hundred bucks from a dealer, but you can get them cheaper if you look.
http://www.usglobalsat.com
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I have the gps mouse as backup to my Raymarine. Works fine.
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I just found a Garmin antenna in the bottom of an old locker in a new (to me) boat. It has a "BNC" terminal at the end of its cable. What is it for; what can it help me do? I actually have three: one mounted and two spares.

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Are these working with Nav. programs that need serial connection? (MaxSea, SeaClear etc.)
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Balage - I use mine with Fugawi and SeaClear II.
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So wait, I can plug this GPS right into the USB port and use that in conjunction with my Maptech electronic charts? Is that correct.

That sounds a lot easier than trying to route a cable from the chart plotter at the helm down to the nav station.



(Does this Gps/Ubs have a built in antenna? How well does it receive down below decks? Vasco and Breezer say they works fine, I guess they must know if they have one.)
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The gps is in the antenna. Just plug into usb port after you've installed the software that comes with it. Without an electronic charting program it'll give you lat/long. With a program (Captn. Fugawi etc.) it'll work like a chartplotter. Hey, price has gone down, only $79 Canadian!
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