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Old 11-04-2010, 06:43 PM
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Default Fixed mount VHF with built in GPS?

Since you can't do a three letter search on THT and both VHF and GPS are three letters, I have to ask a question that has probably been answered:
There seem to be quite a few handhelds with built in GPS, but are there any fixed mount units with the feature? GPS receivers are not expensive and I don't see any reason they are not built right into the radio instead of relying on the plotter for info.

Why do I want a built in GPS? I have a keyed switch for my plotter to keep the "curious" from scanning through my dive sites, so it is not always on. Just think how nice it would be if Garmin would password protect their expensive electronics. There would be no point in stealing them if you could not make 'em work and your waypoints would be secure.
Old 11-04-2010, 06:47 PM
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The Standard Horizon CPV350 and CPV550 is what you are looking for I think. I personally don't care for the maps, though.

If they ever make one with a built in AIS transceiver as well at a decent price (I'm amazed no one has made one yet..I wondered about this last year), it should be a great unit.
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Well, that's overkill if I've ever seen it. Kinda reminds me of a toaster with a built in blender......

I'd prefer just a VHF with a built in GPS receiver. If they can put GPS in cell phones, VHF housings should not be a real challenge.
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To get around the THT search limitation, use a Google site-search command:

"gps site:www.thehulltruth.com"

Or, even easier, install the Google toolbar with the "search site" button enabled.
It is very handy since many sites have either no search engine, or a poor one (like THT).
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Originally Posted by kerno View Post
Well, that's overkill if I've ever seen it. Kinda reminds me of a toaster with a built in blender......

I'd prefer just a VHF with a built in GPS receiver. If they can put GPS in cell phones, VHF housings should not be a real challenge.
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The search woudl be "GPS and VHF", that's more that 3 letters!!
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Originally Posted by kerno View Post
Well, that's overkill if I've ever seen it. Kinda reminds me of a toaster with a built in blender......

I'd prefer just a VHF with a built in GPS receiver. If they can put GPS in cell phones, VHF housings should not be a real challenge.

The LVR 880 has a NMEA2k port. So in theory it should work with an actice gps Antenna like the LGC4000 without a plotter.... only the Network needs to be powerd...
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To search for something with three letters simply put an * after the threee letter word and it will search for it. i.e. GPS*

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