Globalsat BU-353 Mouse GPS

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:58
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Hi Navigators.

I am currently using a Garmin 70 (as a dumb receiver) interfaced with a laptop loaded with Ozio and the usual e-maps via an integrated cig lighter power and computer interface cable. It's a fairly cluncky set-up.

Does anyone know pls whether the BU353 would give me the same functionality as the G70 plus cable pls? If so I'd sell the Garmin and cable as I've no other use for them and use the proceeds for the 353.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:02

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:02
Hi John,

As a GPS receiver, the BU353 will provide all you need.
As it plugs into the computers USB port it receives the power from the PC.

Very effective and very compact.


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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:05

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:05
Jeeez, that was quick. What a great forum this is. Thks Bill.

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Reply By: Mick O - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:05

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:05
John, as a dumb receiver it's fine. Been using the 353 with Trackranger and Ozi for several years now. Reception has never faltered from its dash position. If you wanted more functionality (and the attendant complexity) have you considered a data logger mouse GPS instead?

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:41

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 22:41
Thks Mick. all I need is the ability to follow and create .plt .wpt .rte .etc files really - am I missing out on something 'valuable' from data logging?

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 07:12

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 07:12
No not really JB It's just an extra level of redundancy for recording track points. Your programs do that anyway. I'd just get the BU353. I thought you may have been using the old Garmin as a data logger as well.

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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:01

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:01
If your looking at the Globalsat BU-353 you may want to look at the Qstarz BT-818x.

Much better then the BU-353.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:33

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:33
Ta for the tip.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:02

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:02
Hi John
I have all sorts when I head bush. I use the BU 353 to continualy record track data for the times when I remove a GPS from the laptop, but still want to record track data. As I do silly things like going to confluences, I use the hand held Garmin Vista or GPS 60. All 3 units run from the USB's on the laptop, so I am not chasing power. You will find that the BU 353 lock onto and get coverage very quick.

Great little units and are well worth the money.

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:34

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:34
Thks Stephen.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:00

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:00
Hi John,
The BU353 as a dumb receiver does everything I want with OziExplorer. I've used my roof-mounted BU353 in thick Karri forest in the SW, and it has not missed a beat, whereas my old Garmin was dropping out frequently. My only criticism is that the cable is a bit short if you're sticking it to the roof, and a USB extension lead is needed (cheap anyway).
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:18

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:18
Thks Gerry, my G70 was dropping out all the time in the karri 4 weeks back so that's a good benchmark.

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