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I have one of these Furuno multi function displays. It currently is hooked up nicely to my radar, but since the yard monkeys that decommissioned my boat cut all my GPS antennas it has no GPS signal. Consequently it beeps at me all the time telling me the signal is lost. I'm pretty sure the pattern of beeping is morse code for "please buy me a GPS daddy!" ;)

I'm not familiar with what kind of network/NMEA or whatever interface this guy has. Hopefully the photo of the back is helpful.

Do I need a dedicated (cheap and cheerful) GPS mushroom antenna or could I use the new AIS that I want to get with built-in GPS to supply it with information? Or perhaps a VHF with GPS built in?

Here is the AIS (with GPS) that I'd ideally like to get some day. EM TRAK MARINE ELECTRONICS B100 AIS Class B Transceiver | West Marine




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What gives you the impression the existing GPS antenna cables can't be spliced? GPS cables can either be spliced with tiny butt connectors; or, via a junction block. We have both on our boat. Just match the wire colors and use heat shrink butt connectors and/or an enclosed/protected junction block. It's really a no brainer.
I could certainly try it. Nothing to loose I guess. They really cut off all these connections very short though. :mad:



Got any links to waterproof connection boxes that I could mount outside?
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Good gravy. It isn't that difficult a problem, ... T'aint rocket science and can be accomplished in less time than it takes to explain.
All true, but you listed enough tricks that will likely make the whole job go a lot smoother. I've tried to kludge tiny electronic wires together before (do a depth sounder transducer) and it didn't go well.

Thanks for the tips!
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