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HugoBear
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 2:40 pm    Post subject: Lowrance GM100 gpsr Reply with quote

Hi all -

I picked up a Lowrance GlobalMap100 GPSr off eBay. It came with a manual and that's it. It works fine for what I've tried to do so far. Except programming waypoints by hand isn't much fun.

I'd like to use the serial connection to ul/dl waypoints. I could buy the cable and software from Lowrance (I think) but I see so many things like GSAK and think there has to be a cheaper / better way to go.

Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck finding any info out in the ether specifically relative to Lowrance GPSr's.

Anyone know what I can do (besides shut up and pay the $$$)?
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well you could see if there's any sites that tell you how to build a lo-tech cable for it, but I'm guessin about the easiest way is to just buy one. Really all you need is the cable, not any fancy lowrance software.
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HugoBear
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I was hoping, but what gets the info in and out of the GPSr?

I did find a site that lets me build a cable for cheap.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Various pieces of software can transfer data on and off the GPS unit.

Most commonly used is EasyGPS or GPSbabel. Both are free to use but GPSbabel is completely free and open.
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Most commonly used is EasyGPS or GPSbabel.


Anyone know for sure if either of those supports Lowrance?
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good question, never tried. I can't imagine it wouldn't though, just trial and error to find a gps listed that will be compatible.
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. EasyGPS supports the GlobalMap100
EasyGPS Web Site
http://www.easygps.com/default.asp?rc=213pF


PC-DI2BK PC Data Cable

$34.95
http://www.ec-securehost.com/SeemanElectronicsInc/Marine_Software_and_Data_Cables.html

$39.95
http://www.lowrance.com/Accessories/search.asp

$38.00
http://store.wmjmarine.com/wpdci12bk.html
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HugoBear
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Thanks guys. I found a site with radioshack parts and instructions on making your own cable for about $10. That and EASYGPS ought to get me there.

I'll post with the results so the next schlub with one of these GPSr's won't have to bug EVERYONE. Wink

Thanks again!
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