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Old 10-18-2008, 12:25 AM
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Default new style Furuno GPS antannas ???

i've heard Furuno may soon release a flat (pancake style GPS antanna) similar to Lowrance and Raymarine.

also heard that it will speaks NMEA 2000 and may also be "bi-lingual" and speak NMEA 0183 and work with older equipment.

Can anyone verify this "rumor"?

the new style sure would make installs more flexible for folks.

(would love to switch GPS sensors to the flat style and flat mount 'em to the hard top as they are currently on SS ratchet mounts with 12" extensions to get them out of the radar path; 2 less items i would have have to lower or raise for trailering)
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:44 AM
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When I was talking to a Furuno tech last month on my "daily call" chasing bugs in my NavNet 3D equipment, he told me he had just gotten a production model of the new GPS sensor that will replace the BBWGPS. It is as you describe -- both NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 outputs, small footprint, and capable of being mounted on a post or flush depending upon how the base in configured. In other words, it is a lot like the new Garmin 17x GPS sensor. You can buy the Garmin today, by the way, and I am sure it would work just fine with a Furuno plotter (with some slight adaptation of the cabling). The only difference is the Garmin is configured when you by it for either NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000, you can't get both out of the same unit.
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:39 PM
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Nomans - 10/18/2008 11:44 PM

When I was talking to a Furuno tech last month on my "daily call" chasing bugs in my NavNet 3D equipment, he told me he had just gotten a production model of the new GPS sensor that will replace the BBWGPS. It is as you describe -- both NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 outputs, small footprint, and capable of being mounted on a post or flush depending upon how the base in configured. In other words, it is a lot like the new Garmin 17x GPS sensor. You can buy the Garmin today, by the way, and I am sure it would work just fine with a Furuno plotter (with some slight adaptation of the cabling). The only difference is the Garmin is configured when you by it for either NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000, you can't get both out of the same unit.
I was seriously thinking of adding a Navnet 3d display for plotting to my existing furuno system. what kind of bugs or issues are you having with you 3D system? i imagine their support is pretty good, especially for this new product?

Will any GPS sensor/antanna work with "adaptation of the cabling"?
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