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Old 02-06-2018, 5:20 PM
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I was wondering what the best GPS receiver would be to use for aprs and if I needed anything else besides that and a cable to connect it to the radio. I have a Yaesu 8900R

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You'll need a TNC or a dedicated APRS tracker.

The TNC could be something like a Kantronics KPC3 or KPC3+ (don't buy new as you can usually find used ones for less than $100).

The APRS tracker could be a TinyTrak4 from Byonics or an OT3m from Argent Data.

No matter which way you go, you'll need a GPS receiver that outputs NMEA0183 data over an RS-232 serial port. Both Byonics and Argent Data have suitable GPS receivers.
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You'll need a TNC or a dedicated APRS tracker.

The TNC could be something like a Kantronics KPC3 or KPC3+ (don't buy new as you can usually find used ones for less than $100).

The APRS tracker could be a TinyTrak4 from Byonics or an OT3m from Argent Data.

No matter which way you go, you'll need a GPS receiver that outputs NMEA0183 data over an RS-232 serial port. Both Byonics and Argent Data have suitable GPS receivers.
I was looking at a Garmin Nuvi 350,I wonder if that would crank out the NMEA0183 data....
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Some of the Garmin nuvis can communicate with the outside world using what Garmin calls their Fleet Management Interface (FMI). Argent Data cracked the FMI code and the Argent Data Tracker2 and Tracker3 line can connect to a Garmin nuvi with FMI to get the lat/lon strings from the GPS receiver. The Garmin nuvi 350 is the best of the bunch, but they are pretty old these days so I'm not sure I'd spend a lot of money on one.
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I was looking at a Garmin Nuvi 350,I wonder if that would crank out the NMEA0183 data....
You are going to need the fleet management cable for the Nuvi 350......
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You are going to need the fleet management cable for the Nuvi 350......
I'm not great with technology, but other than the fleet management vs me what else do I need to set up aprs

Where can I get the cable also?

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I have one of these for various uses and I did set it up for APRS a few years ago - works well.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PGM-111-USB...-/291715470446
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