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GPS With external antenna and large speed display

dilbert2k 0 Points
edited November -1 in GPS Recommendations
Hello,

I am looking for a GPS device primarily to be used for speed indication, with the following features:

1. Must have external antenna, as main device will be inside vehicle (steam locomotive cab).
2. Must have large font display (eg smartphone size) of current speed. Prefer display to be on main GPS device rather than a separate display, although will consider external displays.
3. Will ideally additionally display current time, and time since movement started.
4. Will ideally display position names (from GPX file). Ideally it would display a place name constantly until the next place is reached.
5. Must record tracks.
6. Must have USB PC interface for track upload and route download.
7. Ideally rugged design for use in a hostile environment.

I have an iOS app which does all of the above (except 4) and which is dial except there is no capability to attach an external antenna.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Thanks
D2K

Comments

  • Boyd 1985 Points
    The Garmin Montana should do all of these things. There are a number of "dashboard" options to display data such as speed on the screen along with the map. And there is also a "trip computer" page that can be configured. It has a standard antenna jack. 4" touchscreen, rugged design and a variety of mounting options.

    Some might consider it overkill for such a basic task however. :)

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/handhelds/montana-600/prod75226.html

    Another possibility, if you like your iOS app. You could get a bluetooth GPS receiver which will wirelessly send very accurate position data to any app that you run on the phone or tablet.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod109827.html
  • The Garmin Montana should do all of these things. There are a number of "dashboard" options to display data such as speed on the screen along with the map. And there is also a "trip computer" page that can be configured. It has a standard antenna jack. 4" touchscreen, rugged design and a variety of mounting options.

    Some might consider it overkill for such a basic task however. :)

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/handhelds/montana-600/prod75226.html

    Another possibility, if you like your iOS app. You could get a bluetooth GPS receiver which will wirelessly send very accurate position data to any app that you run on the phone or tablet.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod109827.html
    Thanks for the feedback, but I am indeed looking for something (considerably!) cheaper than the Montana.

    Re Bluetooth receivers, the Garmin link does mention iPhone, but as far as I can tell, iOS does not support Bluetooth GPS.... It is the one issue that might make me consider an Android.... If you know better, pl do enlighten me!

    Cheers
    D2K
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    That is not correct. See the manual here:

    http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/GLO_Instructions_EN.pdf
    Product Compatibility

    Made for iPod® touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone® 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad® 2, and iPad.

    "Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad” means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
    We prefer not to post links to vendor websites here, but go to gpscity.com and click GPS > Mobile Phone GPS > GLO. You will find a number of videos and Q&A's relating the the usage of the GLO on iOS.
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    I found out a little more about this. The author of the the iOS "Speedometer" app posted a brief review of the GLO on his blog. Cutting to the chase, he discovered that the GLO works properly with the iPad and iPod touch. However if you have an iPhone, under most conditions it will be ignored.

    It appears that an external device *may* be used if position cannot be determined from the internal chip *and* wifi is unavailable. He got a response from Garmin which stated the GLO will not over-ride the internal gps but will "only boost it". Whatever that means. :?

    You don't mention what kind of iOS device you have. If it's an iPad or iPod touch *without* internal GPS, the GLO should work. But if it's a phone or an iPad with a 3g/4g/LTE cellular connection, it may not work.
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