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Topic # 60005 16-Apr-2010 07:30
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This is by far the cheapest way to get a gps module for use in your electronics projects.
And you get a spare USB<>Serial converter(PL2303), 3.3v voltage regulator as well.

Prolific drivers from here
http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?id=31

Purchased from here
http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/gps-receiver-usb-adapter-for-computers-netbook-laptop-umpc/
Manufacturer Ref: ZMZP1KZL0U
Model CVGI-B07 GPS Receiver USB Adapter

Also spotted on TradeMe for about $50



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Your standard no frills white box, just the way I like it.
No wasting money on gold foil eye popping graphics.



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Once you cut off what you don't need for a bare module it is quite compact.
35x20x8mm

In this instance I also removed the voltage regulator as it is provided elsewhere in my device.

For nz$32 you get a SiRF Star III chipset GPS module.

Much better than
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=465
for us$60 (nz$85 at 0.7)

Sure the smaller antenna will affect reception a little, still plenty good for what I use.


Tracking performance is on par with other devices based on this chipset so I won't bore you with any plots.

For $32 you can't loose :)

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  Reply # 319235 16-Apr-2010 10:07
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I've got a GPS in my DELL Mini but haven't found a use for it... are there any Windows map apps etc with NZ/AU maps?  

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  Reply # 319298 16-Apr-2010 11:31
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RickD: I've got a GPS in my DELL Mini but haven't found a use for it... are there any Windows map apps etc with NZ/AU maps?  


If you install Garmin Mapsource (search google for free copy) then you could use the free NZ maps from here:

http://nzopengps.org/


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  Reply # 319328 16-Apr-2010 12:35
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marmel:
RickD: I've got a GPS in my DELL Mini but haven't found a use for it... are there any Windows map apps etc with NZ/AU maps?  


If you install Garmin Mapsource (search google for free copy) then you could use the free NZ maps from here:

http://nzopengps.org/



very good project, their maps are very good.

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