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1a. GPSs Compatible with Chart Navigator Pro and Chart Navigator Light

Created: 11/22/2005
Modified: 06/21/2007

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Electronics Hookup and Configuration


DISCUSSION

Introduction
Chart Navigator Pro (or Light) is compatible with a wide variety of GPS units and chart plotters. Virtually all GPS units transmit NMEA sentences that can be used by Chart Navigator Pro/Light to plot the vessel's position. For such capabilities, simply connect the NMEA output from the GPS to a serial port on your computer. (Computers without serial ports can be made compatible with a USB-to-Serial adapter cable.)

For more advanced options (such as the transfer of Routes and Waypoints to or from the GPS) additional configurations may be required. Please note that there are many different types of GPSs, each with their own formats, interfaces, and nuances. The configurations described here are known to work. There may be others - but Maptech may be only able to provide limited support for their use.

Note: For the remainder of this document, both Chart Navigator Pro and Chart Navigator Light will be referred to as "Chart Navigator Pro." In the matters of GPS compatibility, Chart Navigator Pro and Chart Navigator Light operate identically.


DeLorme
www.delorme.com
The DeLorme USB Earthmate normally uses a proprietary interface to communicate with the PC, but can be configured to emulate a COM port so that Chart Navigator Pro (and other programs) can use it. Please click here for specific configuration instructions.


Eagle
www.eaglegps.com
The Eagle Explorer GPS has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. Eagle Explorer GPSs support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.


Furuno
www.furuno.com
The Furuno GP32 has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. The GP32 (and similar models) support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.


Garmin
www.garmin.com
Garmin GPS receivers normally use a proprietary protocol to communicate with the PC but most of them can be configured to use the "NMEA 0183" protocol that is used by most other GPS receivers. However, Chart Navigator Pro can use the Garmin protocol or NMEA 0183 so it does not matter how your Garmin GPS is configured. But, transferring routes and waypoints to and from a Garmin does require using the Garmin protocol.

Each Garmin model is a little different, but there is typically a "System" menu somewhere on the GPS which will allow you to select which "Interface" (protocol) to use. Some models will offer more than one version of "NMEA 0183" and you should choose the version with the highest number when using NMEA 0183 mode.

You should refer to the manual that came with your GPS for more information on how to select the protocol to use. If you don't have your manual any more, most of them can be downloaded from Garmin's website.

Garmin GPS 18USB
This is a small, inexpensive GPS receiver that works great with Chart Navigator Pro. Because this unit uses the Garmin protocol on USB without any "virtual COM ports", it is a true "Plug and Play" device. Once the supplied Garmin software is installed, just plug it in and Chart Navigator Pro will start using it. The Garmin GPS 18USB does not support NMEA 0183 so it is not compatible with most other software. This device does not have a display or any mapping capabilities, so it does not have the ability to hold waypoints or routes.

Garmin eMap
The Garmin eMap handheld GPS has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. This device uses a serial port connection to the PC so a USB Serial Adapter may be necessary if your PC does not have a serial port. The eMap can be configured to use either the NMEA 0183 or the Garmin protocol and Chart Navigator Pro is capable of using it in either mode. Please make sure the mode selected on the eMap is the same as what is selected for the port it is connected to as indicated in Chart Navigator Pro's "Tools > Options > Instruments > Port Settings" command. Early versions of the eMap firmware do not support position and speed reporting when using the Garmin protocol. An update is available from the Garmin website to fix this problem.

Garmin eTrex
The Garmin eTrex handheld GPS has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. This device uses a serial port connection to the PC so a USB Serial Adapter may be necessary if your PC does not have a serial port. The eTrex can be configured to use either the NMEA 0183 or the Garmin protocol and Chart Navigator Pro is capable of using it in either mode. Please make sure the mode selected on the eTrex is the same as what is selected for the port it is connected to as indicated in Chart Navigator Pro's "Tools > Options > Instruments > Port Settings" command.

Garmin eTrex Legend C (and other Garmin "USB" GPS units)
The Garmin eTrex Legend C handheld GPS has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. This device uses a USB connection to the PC which results in "Plug and Play" operation in Chart Navigator Pro. Once the supplied Garmin software is installed, just plug it in and Chart Navigator Pro will start using it. The eTrex Legend C (and similar USB-equipped models) support waypoint, route and track transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.

Garmin GPSMAP 2006/2010
The Garmin GPSMAP 2006/2010 GPS has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. However, please see this technical document for additional installation notes.

Garmin GPSMAP 3006/3010
The Garmin GPSMAP 3006/3010 has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. The GPSMAP 3006/3010 (and similar models) support waypoint, route and track transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.


JRC
http://www.jrc.co.jp/eng/index.html
The JRC DGPS 212 has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. However, we recommend switching the output of the DGPS 212 to NMEA 0183 version 2.1 as described in the GPS installation manual.


Magellan
www.magellangps.com
The Magellan Meridian Series of GPS units have been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been found. Most Magellan GPS units support waypoint and route from Chart Navigator Pro to the GPS; waypoints, routes, and tracks can be transferred from the Magellan to Chart Navigator Pro.


Microsoft/Pharos
www.microsoft.com
www.pharosgps.com
The GPS Locator is manufactured by Pharos and sold as part of "Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005 with GPS Locator". This compact GPS plugs into a USB port but its driver provides a "virtual COM port" so that just about any NMEA 0813 compatible software can use it. It has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. This device does not have a display or any mapping capabilities, so it does not have the ability to hold waypoints or routes.


Northstar
www.northstarcmc.com
The Northstar model 941, 942, 951, and 952 chart plotters have been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. These GPS units (and similar models) support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro via a direct cable connection. Chart Navigator Pro can not read "cards" or any other format of route information that these GPSs may be capable of using.


Raymarine
www.raymarine.com
Some Raymarine GPS units transfer waypoints and routes via a "card" rather than a direct cable connection. Please note that Chart Navigator Pro can not read "cards" or any other format of route information other than a direct cable connection.

Raynav 300
The Raynav 300 has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. The Raynav 300 (and similar models) support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.

Raymarine Raychart 320
The Raychart 320 can be connected to both Seatalk and NMEA 0183 equipment. In order to use Seatalk equipment with Chart Navigator Pro you will need to use the Raymarine PC/Seatalk/NMEA Adapter. Alternatively, the NMEA 0183 interface on the Raychart 320 can be connected to your PC via an NMEA 0183 adapter or multiplexor. The Raychart 320 (and similar models) support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.


Standard Horizon
www.standardhorizon.com
The Standard Horizon GPS Chart 150 chart plotter has been tested with Chart Navigator Pro and no problems have been identified. The Chart 150 (and similar models) support waypoint and route transfers to and from Chart Navigator Pro.





 


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