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gps antenna compatibility question

I am preparing to replace my Furuno (1850) GPS with a Northstar 6100 GPS and hate to replace the mushroom style GPS antenna I got with my Furuno with the Northstar antenna.

Are any of the manufacturers GPS antenna's compatible...

i.e. would my Furuno GPS Antenna work with the Northstar GPS?
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Are any of the manufacturers GPS antenna's compatible...

i.e. would my Furuno GPS Antenna work with the Northstar GPS?
This info doesn't directly answer your question but just so you know, I have used a Garmin GPS antenna on a Furuno unit with no problems. Different connector was required but I made up an adapter cable, no worries.

I'd suspect that any antenna that has only a coax connector might work with any gos that's the same. Your mileage may vary.
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This info doesn't directly answer your question but just so you know, I have used a Garmin GPS antenna on a Furuno unit with no problems. Different connector was required but I made up an adapter cable, no worries.

I'd suspect that any antenna that has only a coax connector might work with any gos that's the same. Your mileage may vary.
thanks - the furuno had a standard twist on coax connector - the Northstar will arrive today - so we'll see!
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Basically, the only difference is in the connectors, as they all send the same info from the antenna.
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Not all send the same information from the antenna. Some GPS "mushrooms" aren't antenna, but entire receivers and output NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183.
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Not all send the same information from the antenna. Some GPS "mushrooms" aren't antenna, but entire receivers and output NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183.
well - mine has electronics and a circuit or two under the screw-on lid....
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just a quick follow-up.

The Northstar GPS works fine with a Furuno GPS Antenna/Receiver. Did not even have to modify the cable.
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