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Is DeLorme GPS receiver compatible with Microsoft Streets & Trips?
lortech
Looking for a new GPS receiver is a pain. Seems everything is all embedded into a all in one unit with display.

Came across a used GPS antenna/receiver for 25 bucks. Does anyone know if this will work for Streets & Trips 2008? Here is the email from the owner.

Quote:
Hi there, the LT-40 is NMEA compliant, but whether or not it is NMEA 2, I have no Idea. I am available tonight and tomorrow all day.
Thanks,
Ken in Regina
Run, do not walk, really fast in the other direction.

The LT-40 is proprietary and only works with Street Atlas. To get it to work with any other navigation software requires loading a different driver for it. That doesn't always work and it will cause you grief and then you'll post messages in here that will cause the rest of us heartburn and then..... ..... Well, you get the picture.

For only a little more money you can have a brand new Globalsat BU-353 with a new warranty. Or for even less money than the Bu-353 you can get a new GM-2. Another decent receiver and new warranty.

...ken...
lortech
Thanks for the info on these two GPS receivers. Now, I need to find a local reseller who has them. I'm in the greater Vancouver area. I think the GM2 will work for me.
lortech
Sent a email to the maker of the GM-2. Here is what I got in the reply concerning any resellers here in Canada.

Quote:
Sorry, no store around the area.
Please purchase from amazon or www.semsons.com
Please make sure the GM-2 you need is GM-2 RU or GM-2 LU.
GM-2 RU is just a GPS receiver
GM-2 LU is not only a GPS receiver but also a GPS logger.
So, looks like the GM-2 RU is what I am looking for. Now, I bet if I look up the chip this unit uses, I can find other mfg that sell this hopefully locally.
tcassidy
We don't know of any other USB GPS that uses the MTKII chip as the GM2 does. Availability in Canada is certainly a problem and shipping from Semson's is about the same as the unit itself. You might want to look at the BU-353 in this situation, a solid SirfStar III product that is available in Canada for under CA $50. Check suppliers like GPS Central.

Terry
tcassidy
Actually, after comparing the price and shipping, I'm not sure it would be any more expensive buying a GM2 from Semson's. They are pretty good at marking parcels so they aren't stopped at customs so it may be a wash if you have it shipped USPS (US Postal Service) and can wait 10 days.

Terry
lortech
Tcassidy,

Nice to see some one up here to knows how customs works. I wonder if there is a real interest for these units here in Canada that I could be a supplier. It is just a suggestion.

I may want to order it direct. 10 days is a little long. Imagine waiting for something like this that can save 10 hours of drive time in 10 days?

BTW , you are right about amazon and the other company the only ones that have the GM-2, they are the only ones who supply it.

Going to order it. Once I get it, no longer will be wasting my time getting lost and hopefully, get more calls and make more money.
Ken in Regina
Here's one store that has a lot of GPS stuff and three stores in the Vancouver area.

Deakin Equipment: Geological, Forestry, Industry and Outdoor Gear

A quick look at their web site suggests that they are primarily a Garmin dealer but a quick phone call will tell you if they carry what you want. If they don't, they might be able to point you to someone who does.

Places like Mountain Equipment Coop, London Drugs, The Source, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, etc. all carry GPS devices but the selection is limited and there is rarely any instore knowledge.

Online retailers who specialize, like GPS Central and GPS City, have a broader selection and good support. I've purchased from both over the years and have been quite satisfied with the experiences. Both are in Calgary and can ship fairly quickly. I don't recall ever waiting more than about four days for anything from them to get to Regina and two days is more common. I'm sure it won't take any longer to get it out to the Left Coast.

...ken...
lorel
I decided to order the GM-2 though amazon .com

BTW, had a friend bring me over to a place the other day. He pulled out his iPod which had TomTom software I think? Loaded on it and used it as his GPS to get to some one's place. Pretty amazing how well it worked. I liked the verbal announcement of where to drive to. Funny though, he overshot his destination and we had to loop back Maybe the GPS receiver in the iPod was not to sensitive?
tcassidy
More likely the map data could not give an accurate enough position.

Terry
Ken in Regina
How far did he overshoot? It's usually an issue with the data in the maps, as Terry said. It is very rare, almost unheard of, for the map data to contain the exact location of individual street addresses.

The normal way of establishing where an address is on the block of a street is that a range of addresses is attached to the appropriate block. So if there are, say, 10 addresses associated with a particular block, it is assumed that they are evenly spaced along the block. That's not always the case.

Another issue is that if there is no other information supplied with the address range, it will be assumed that the even numbers are on one side and the odd numbers are on the other and that every number will be used. Those assumptions also will not always apply to every block on every street.

So any specific address location supplied for navigation will usually get you on the right block, but not always, and usually on the correct side of the street, but not always. And, more often than not, it will get you towards the correct end of the block.

Most of the time it will get you close enough that you should be able to find the right house visually ... if you are in a sufficiently sober condition to be driving in the first place.

...ken...
lorel
Not sure on his GPS.

Anyway, are there more advantages of Streets & Trips over a iPod or a Nuvi? I have yet to put my S&T on the road yet. Waiting for my GPS i-Blue GM-2 to come in the mail.

Now, I need a way to perm secure my monster ACER laptop in the truck. I may have to weld a heavy Gage steel enclosure around it "stainless comes to mind" then access it remotely from inside my house. I don't feel like lugging that heavy thing inside the house all the time. Do not sound like a wimp, but there is that risk, I could drop it so its better it stays in the truck. When I pull into my driveway, I will have my truck plugged into AC anyway to charge my battery powered tools, and keep the laptop on sleep mode.

Other idea, tuck the laptop in a tough stainless steel box under seat, then use remote display/mouse/keypad
tcassidy
Sounds like a waste of a laptop and a great theft magnet. If you decide on the remote display idea, why not go all out and build or buy a small computer that is designed for that and runs on 12 volts.

Terry
lorel
It was just a idea.

BTW, I was really shocked when the Fedex guy stopped by and handed me my GM-2 receiver I can only guess it was by airfreight from the US into Canada. I wonder if there is enough cord to glue this to the underside of my windshield at the top, then loop the cord around to the laptop?
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