[time-nuts] ublox chip sets - what GPS device should I buy?

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Fri Aug 31 21:18:56 UTC 2012


It's not a great receiver, but it works. Back when it first came out, the price was pretty good for what you got. Time marches on and you now can get some very good / very cheap stand alone units.


On Aug 31, 2012, at 5:03 PM, David Kirkby <david.kirkby at onetel.net> wrote:

> On 31 August 2012 20:35,  <SAIDJACK at aol.com> wrote:
>> Dave,
>> that depends on which uBlox the unit supports. There are basically three
>> different sizes: AMY, LEA, and NEO. They also sell chip-sets, but only to
>> very  large volume customers.
> It plugs in on USB. Somewhere I read it had to be ublox  compatible,
> but having looked in the manual, it says:
> -------------------------
> GPS (Global Positioning System) allows you to ‘stamp’ each data trace
> with your physical position in latitude/longitude/elevation format.
> This can be useful when making measurements on cell towers or other
> antennas at remote locations. NOTE This feature is usable ONLY with
> the GPS receiver that is shipped with Microsoft “Streets and Trips”
> and “AutoRoute”. The GPS receiver is NOT available from Agilent. Only
> the GPS USB receiver is used with the FieldFox. Therefore, it is NOT
> necessary to purchase the very latest version of the map software.
> -------------------------
> So it seems I need to purchase Microsoft "Streets and Trips" with the
> optional GPS device, which is only $70 in total.
> http://www.microsoft.com/streets/en-us/default.aspx
> Does anyone know how good/bad that device is? I'd be using it in the
> UK 99% of the time.
> Dave
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