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bullseye 06-10-2002 04:36 AM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
Hi,
im about to buy a handheld GPS(in particular im looking at a Garmin GPS76),my concern is the reception below deck,of a fibreglass yacht,

has anyone noticed any problems with your reception below decks?

some different models have the option of a remote antenna(the GPS76 does not),is this really needed?

thanks for any info

the GPS76 antenna type is a "built-in quadrifilar" maybe this type doesnt require remote antennas below decks???

joshuaheard 06-10-2002 08:46 AM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
I have the Garmin Etrex. It gets better reception abovedeck but still receives belowdeck.

bporter 06-10-2002 11:33 AM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
I have the GPS76. It does pretty well below deck. It''s quicker to find a signal on above, but it tracks pretty well down below.

davealves 06-11-2002 09:53 AM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
Hi,

I have a handheld, a Garmin 48, that I mounted below. I got a holder, an antenna and a power cable. It works great that way. I got a handheld because I use it in the field for my job. The reception below isn''t great.

dscottl 06-13-2002 06:37 AM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
I hav a Magellan 315 it works great below deck without an external antenna, mind you My nav station is reletivley close to the Companion way and the hatch is typically open.

harvh 06-18-2002 02:32 PM

Handheld GPS''''s below deck
 
I have used both a Garmin and Magellan bellow deck. Both had a portable antenna that you could mount near a hatch or window. I found both systems would loose signal quality from time to time. I finally went to a fixed mount GPS with external antena.

If you plan to hook up to a laptop, go with a fixed mount. If not, a handheld is just fine.


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