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Old 12-09-2002, 01:32 PM
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After searching for a GPS Chartplotter for some time now I have Decided on the 182. However I do not know if I should get Colour or not and if The Internal antennae would do the job I would be under a canvas top Most of the Time. I do have a Radar arch and mounting here would be a option.
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Old 12-09-2002, 01:52 PM
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Go with the color and the external antenna. That radar arch could cause some problems with satelite blocking with an internal antenna.
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Old 12-09-2002, 02:45 PM
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Color is always better...easier to pick things up on. I would try with internal antenna first. On my T-top I have a remote antenna for my Raytheon fixed unit. I my older Magellan 6000 MAPGPS, I have an internal antenna, which is the back-up for the back-up. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] On the Garmin GPSMAP76S (the only unit with WAAS...least you we're thing I was a little anal) I have the internal antenna, too. Both handhelds have their own fixed mount and run off the 12v cigarette socket. They all work great, right down to the third place on the minute, there almost always the same! Amazing! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] PS The only one that has color is the Garmin Street Pilot GPS in the car...which begs the question: why no color on the handhelds yet? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
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Old 12-09-2002, 07:57 PM
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I'm also going with a 182...but careful on the color model. I wear polarized prescription glasses and the display is very dark with distorted colors thru the sunglasses....so I'm going B&W. Take your sunglasses to a dealer and check to see how it works for you.
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Old 12-10-2002, 04:23 AM
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ghstudio...a great idea. I find polarized sun glasses to be a problem on B&W too. Polarization is usually 90 degrees to the display so you can see the display. I find them a continual problem when navigating, to the point I only wear them when I'm actually fishing. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]
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Old 12-10-2002, 12:49 PM
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Rick,

I bought a Garmin 182 last summer and I love it and the Blue Chart. I bought the B/W model with the internal antenna and the unit always says "searching for WAAS". That means that I am not receiving the WAAS correction.

I called Garmin about it. They said that since I boat in New England that I am on the edge of WAAS foot print for the currently deployed WAAS satellites and that not receiving the WAAS signal in my area is not unusual. They also said that once the WAAS satellites are fully deployed the coverage will improve.

The unit is really accurate without WAAS but, if you are counting on WAAS accuracy, I don't know if an external antenna will improve reception that much for WAAS to be received in Ontario.

It seems to me that you will need some local input in order to make your decision on internal vs external antennas.

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Old 12-10-2002, 01:41 PM
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The more I hear about WASS I think I will need the External antenna However I will contact Garmin and will let you know what thay say.
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Old 12-10-2002, 02:18 PM
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The WAAS satellite is Garmin 35 and sits off of Brazil. I doubt if you will pick it up in Ontario with or without an external antenna. Even without the WAAS signal, the 182C is a fine piece of equipment.
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Take a look at: http://gps.faa.gov/CapHill/geosat.htm http://217.204.152.210/support_maps.cfm These sites will tell you more than you want to know about WAAS and Inmarsat. I get a great WAAS signal in Central New York. Hope this helps. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-11-2002, 03:39 AM
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captnWes,

No problem getting WASS with my external antenna in your area.
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Old 12-11-2002, 06:59 AM
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Montauk Joe,

Thanks for the information. I guess I need an upgrade to an external antenna.

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Old 12-11-2002, 08:50 AM
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I have a 182 BW it is a great unit. I think I would stick to the ext ant. I have never had any problems.
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Old 12-11-2002, 01:07 PM
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go with the 182 c the color is worth a few hundred dollors.i bought at gps discounts,very happy $878.00 no tax or shipping.good luck
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Old 12-11-2002, 04:05 PM
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quote:Originally posted by captnWes:
Montauk Joe,

Thanks for the information. I guess I need an upgrade to an external antenna.

"I spent most of my money on women and boats, the rest I just wasted."

What WAAS satellite is the GPS searching for? I still have not resolved my WAAS problem with my GPSMAP76 where it is searching for the wrong WAAS satellite. When you look at the satellite signal strength display you should see it trying to lock onto satellite #35. Mine is trying to lock on to satellite #33, which is wrong. I have spoken to Garmin about the problem and will be sending it in to them as soon as I get my new electronics installed on my boat.

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Old 12-12-2002, 06:55 AM
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Great little unit. COLOR / EXTERNAL ANT - Much better reception. Same price with future flexability.
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Old 12-12-2002, 07:46 AM
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Old 12-12-2002, 08:17 AM
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Can't believe you still have that problem!! How is your AP11 installation going??
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:19 AM
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Got info back from Garmin. Great support answered all questions in 24 hrs. Anyway about WAAs in Ontario They advised since the WAAS satelite is over the equator which would be at horizon in the northern hemisphere THe only chance of getting it would be with an external antenna mounted as high as possible.Even then it may be intermittent. Anyone boating in Lake Simcoe or Georgian Bay in Ontario have any experience with WAAS or is it even Necessary???

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Old 12-12-2002, 04:11 PM
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quote:Originally posted by Gil Morgan:
Can't believe you still have that problem!! How is your AP11 installation going??

I just haven't got around to getting the GPSMAP problem fixed. West Marine said they would exchange the unit - Garmin will fix it under the warranty. I was going to send it back to Garmin, but I want to wait until I have all the electronics installed on my new boat.

I ended up getting the autopilot professionally installed. The dealer recommended someone to me who does all their installs and he gave me a great price on the install. It worked out well as he was making me a flush mount panel too. He did a very neat job. I have not been able to test it yet as I had to take the boat to Palm Beach to get the T-top made and installed. I hope to install the rest of the electronics next weekend.

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