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GPS Receiver Reception
|Author||Topic: GPS Receiver Reception|
posted 12-04-2005 04:50 PM ET (US)
Will a GPS receiver with internal antenna get proper reception when my bimini top is up?
posted 12-04-2005 04:53 PM ET (US)
Yep, mine gets great reception with top up.
posted 12-04-2005 04:58 PM ET (US)
Yes, I've used mine inside sailboats and in the wheel house of larger fishing boats. It works fine as long as it's located near a window.
posted 12-04-2005 08:51 PM ET (US)
My Garmin 45XL and my Standard Horizon CP150 both work well under a bimini. I spend most of the year hiding under a bimini. Florida's UV levels will kill most people (given enough doses).
posted 12-05-2005 10:08 PM ET (US)
My Raymarine 635i ("i" for internal)works great with bimini and curtains up.
Never a problem. Thing is so accurate it's scary!!
My old handheld back-up Garmin 48 works under the bimini too.
posted 12-08-2005 12:02 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all the info guys. Yesterday I took the plunge and purchased a 178C with internal antenna. Got the dual frequency transom mount transducer with speed/temp and also a BlueChart for Seattle/Puget Sound.
West Marine had a special one-day sale for Port Supply customers...extra 10% discount off of the Port Supply price.
Can't wait for warmer weather!
posted 12-12-2005 05:12 PM ET (US)
Our 178C with internal antenna worked great under the biminis of both the Whaler and sailboat. In fact, I bought a power/data cable for a 172 (GPS only), put a lighter plug on the power wires, and used the 178C inside the cabin of the sailboat at night with the anchor alarm on. It picked up as many satellites in cabin as it did the cockpit. I think you'll love your new GPS.
posted 12-13-2005 11:21 AM ET (US)
Thanks Moe, that's good news. I just ordered a cigarette power cable so I can try using it out in the truck on trips and I'm thinking about getting the AC adapter so I can power it up in the house for practicing with the simulator mode or for programming waypoints, trip routes etc.
I got the transducer installed yesterday and today I may finish the installation in the boat. I spent a whole lot of time just figuring out exactly where the transduce was going to go. The Ventura has a "tricky" bottom shape back at the transom...especially with the "notched" transom. I'll be sweating bullets worrying about whether I got the transducer in a spot that is going to have clean water flow, and not disturb the flow of water to the prop.
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