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Dauntless 180 posted 06-07-2010 07:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for Dauntless 180   Send Email to Dauntless 180  
Can a external antenna be added to a GARMIN 498C with internal antenna? I have one but I'm not sure if their is a plug in the back or not. It iss on the boat. I can't really tell from the manual. It has been very slow to acquire satellites, taking 15 minutes this season. The Auto Locate function seems to work fine. Once acquired, if I shut it down and restart it still takes another 15 minutes for it to find satellites.

Thanks

jimh posted 06-07-2010 08:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Something is clearly wrong. From a cold start a modern GPS receiver should obtain a fix in about one minute if the receiver has a clear view of the sky. What indication of received signal strength is given by the GARMIN 498C?
bluewaterpirate posted 06-07-2010 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Dauntless 180 ......

I answered all you questions in the post you made on the THT. As to the unit aquiring a fix there is an update to your unit listed on the Garmin website that fixes the issue.

Here's the update .....

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv129/bluewaterpirate/Garmin%20376c/ Garmin498WAAS.jpg?t=1275914498

Here's the list of all the updates for your unit.

http://www8.garmin.com/support/ch.jsp?product=010-00504-00

Tom

Dauntless 180 posted 06-07-2010 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless 180  Send Email to Dauntless 180     
Thanks Tom, I'll be calling Garmin today.

Jim on the Sat Screen the unit "sees" the sats but its very slowing locking in on them. The green bars go up and down in strength. After a while it finally locks in of a few and everything is a go. Its just weird that it started happening this season. Up until this year it would acquirer the sats in about 15 seconds from a cold start. Their is nothing above the unit blocking the sky. Hopefully the software update will fix the problem.

bluewaterpirate posted 06-07-2010 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
There was some adjustments aroto the WAAS birds last week. PRN 48 and 51 were moved. This caused some acquisition anomalies in some units across the marine electroincs spectrum.

Tom

Dauntless 180 posted 06-07-2010 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless 180  Send Email to Dauntless 180     
That might just be the issue.

Thanks again

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