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Old 03-27-2003, 04:31 AM
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Just installed a 2010. All necessary connections are made thru one connector. An additional five pin connector [socket] is on the unit. They even send a five pin plug along with the unit and say it is for "future features". Are they about to get into radar, vhf, or some kind of integrated system? Anybody got a clue?

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Old 03-27-2003, 04:42 AM
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I read on line a week ago the plan is for Garmin along with all the others to intergtate in a bold move to GET IN YOUR POCKET BOOK .....!!! sorry but I could not pass the chance up ...In all honesty I dont know but with all the dollars being spent on radar, gps, finders. Any company that does not play the full field is missing a great deal of money ....Good luck ...John
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I'm currently looking for a gps/plotter/radar to replace my old GPSMap215D. After looking at a few, I'd rather stay with a Garmin GPS and get a separate radar. I hope Garmin comes out with a combo unit soon and saves me the headache. I think they are the best gps makers and I'd expect them to be equally excellent if they came out with radar. I wish they'd hurry up...
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Old 03-27-2003, 05:33 AM
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That connector is for an NMEA 2000 port. This is the new, faster interface protocol that is in process of implementation to replace NMEA 0183. It is supposed to allow for much more interaction between connected units, though I have never seen it in operation.
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quote:Originally posted by ovenman:
Anybody got a clue?

Maybe its to plug in their new screens !

... 'cause their old ones s$%k wind

... "keep them of the sun" and "put a nylon pantyhose over the LCD screen so you can see it when wearing polorized sunglasses" are just two of their most infamous responses from their Customer Service ...

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Old 03-28-2003, 06:26 AM
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Now thats a really good tip. I would assume that used ones work better? Wonder if Miss Jo will mind if I...........

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Ovenman,
I took a look at the back of my 2010 last night. The 5 pin socket is for use with a transducer cable - well actually a cable coming from their "blackbox" sonar which wasn't available when the 2010 first came out but is available now.
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Wrong, Freebyrd, that connector is reserved for future use. The GSD20 data feeds the 2010 via the NMEA port.
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quote:Originally posted by ovenman:
Are they about to get into radar, vhf, or some kind of integrated system? Anybody got a clue?



I sincerely doubt that the connector is for radar. My Furuno Navnet radar signal cable has 20 conductors in it (19 of them used). I don't think they will be able to use a 5-pin connector for radar.

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Read you manual -- it tells you it is an NMEA 2000 port (or will be when the software is upgraded to make this function available).
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