Magellan GPS 310 - ?'s

Submitted: Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 21:28
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I'm looking at a gps to add to a Fishfinder that is gps ready.
The 310 has NMEA data output which I need.
I need to know if this unit gives you speed output especially in knot's.

Any comments on this unit good or bad too please.


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Reply By: KG - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:20

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:20

I have a gps 310 sitting here next to me and after going thru the menus i can confirm that yes it does allow you to show the speed in knots

on the unit itself it displays the speed as part of the nav screen... i've never hooked it up to anything (nmea) because i didnt see the sense in paying over 100 bucks for a bloody cable to plug it into a laptop when i could buy a complete usb gps on ebay for 80 bucks. i've been using the usb gps now for several months with ozi explorer and had absolutely no issues. magellan have their heads very far up their own ass if they realistically expect people to pay over 100 bucks for a < $20 cable. proprietary connections means they can screw you as hard as they like.

as for comments on the unit - i've never really used it more than a couple of times because without being able to plug it into a laptop all it can really do is tell you where you are (no real mapping / route tracking options - pretty lame really)

if you're plugging into a fish finder then usb may not be an option for you (and hopefully the fish finder has it's own mapping software for the 310 to talk to) and the 310 might be a good option. if you don't already have a 310 and you want to buy one let me know as i have one sitting here that i don't use.


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Reply By: dogart - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:33

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:33
KG hi,

thanks for that.

I've just finished surkin the net and found the pdf manuals.
Yes it does give speed in knts/mph/kph
does hook up to both the fishfinders I am looking at.

The handheld gps to finder cables are $20 - $30US.
I'll be getting the sounder from the states so I'll prob get
a cable at the same time.

am interested in the gps KG.
how old, what condition,location and how much.
I am looking at one right now on ebay brand new burrently $112
auction finishes in 13hrs. The seller is local to me (Perth) so I can pick up

email me to discuss further if you like

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Follow Up By: KG - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:39

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 23:39
Hey Wolf,

mate i reckon it's worth more than $112 to me (handy as a backup if my trusty usb gps or laptop goes tits up in the middle of nowhere)

$112 is a pretty good buy - i think i paid about 200 for mine off ebay (new - sealed in packaging, etc) about 9 months ago... one thing i did notice though - the pic on ebay of the 310 you're bidding on is in a cardboard box whereas mine was in one of those hard plastic shell type packages. dunno if that means anything just seems weird that they would change packaging for the same model.

these cables you're talking about to go from the gps to the fish finder sound promising - what sort of connection does the fish finder have on it? is it a PC type 9pin serial plug?


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Reply By: dogart - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 00:01

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 00:01
KG yeh good buy for new.
Even if it gets to $140.

The connection is a AS-HHGPS cable from the f/finder
which I think gets wired up to the
gps manufacturers bare wire data cable
(thats from hummingbird specs)

or look at

if your interested, the Hummingbird Matrix 17 is the sounder
which is gps ready (NMEA data input/output)
together with a gps (say the 310 turns the package into a great
unit for my river and inshore fishing requirements).

Can connect up to a NAVMAN 4150 too

the gps is to give me speed reading and position instead of purchasing
a separate speed cable option from h/bird for the same $ as the 310gps!

if it all goes to plan that is!

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Reply By: GOB member vic - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 06:37

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 06:37
goodday guys
if you want cables have a look at gpsoz on the net or ring 0299992313 ibought my 310 cable from them serial to usb with software about $30 the gentleman makes them up as ordered cheapest around if you have alok on the net it has prices etc all listed friendly people easy to deal with
steveimagine a 03 gu 4.2tdin the picture
as i am having trouble sizing the picture
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 14:38

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 14:38
GPSoz are opening a retail store on Monday

Address is ;
Unit 24 (first unit on the upper level)
14 Polo Avenue
Mona Vale
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