This nav app may be smart, but it’s no genius This nav app may be smart, but it’s no genius by Antuan Goodwin. But either way, I had many more troublesome gaps with the Magellan. There are GPS receivers from other manufacturers, but I have no personal experience with them, and I don’t know of any Tru-Traffic users working with them, so right now I can’t pass on any more information about them. Carefully remove about 2 inches of the wire casing. You should do this buy the optional serial cable if it’s not included for maximum flexibility in working with Tru-Traffic, as downloading pre-recorded trip logs directly to Tru-Traffic requires connecting the GPS receiver via its serial cable. Min Hard Drive Space. One user reports successfully using DeLorme Serial Emulator for this purpose.

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I have to qualify it because a number of users, including me, have encountered these bouts where the software and the GPS receiver suddenly stop communicating altogether for no obvious reason — the Diagnostics page just stops scrolling. The GPS receiver itself weighs only 2 ounces and can connect to non-Bluetooth systems via a USB cable includedbut for wireless connectivity, you must insert it into the bundled PowerPack.

Cut off the small end.

Install battery cover and you are done. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Handheld Requirements OS Required. Also, they report that compared to a Magellan Meridian, their Trimble seems to be a earyhmate picky — quick to lose a fix when the satellite signal becomes weak, and slow to recover a fix when the signal is restored. This new one does work as a standalone unit and is supposed to have a longer battery life.


DeLorme Earthmate GPS Serial Port Converted to USB Power Supply

eathmate Below see the alterations I have made to my personal Earthmate. I’ve used the original Earthmate which had only a RS serial connection. This nav app may be smart, but it’s no genius This nav app may be smart, but it’s no genius by Antuan Goodwin. The user interface provides clearly marked menu tabs for creating routes, exporting maps, and creating point-to-point directions.

Catching up with Android, the latest iOS version of the crowdsourcing traffic app can track your progress or lack thereof when it’s gridlock.

DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-20 – GPS kit Series

Delaney May 25, This is an Amateur conversion done by a non-professional. Their experience suggests that these are very accurate and work fairly well, but they might be a bit cumbersome for this purpose in getting all the cables connected in the right way and porting the various components needed. Prepare the USB Cable and connect it.

Tru-Traffic prefers this sentence because it includes the exrthmate as well as the speed and heading. If you have experience with any of these units and can offer feedback that may benefit others, please let me knowand I’ll post it here.

They all worked fairly well with Tru-Traffic. The short advice is to get one that uses both of the following. If you do use one, I’d appreciate hearing from you, and I’ll pass on your experience, good or bad, to others. At the time of this writing, there’s a bug in their NMEA compliance, and ver. I had many more problematic gaps with the Magellan than I did with the Garmin.


Twist the black wire and the ground cable together and solder them to the negative post as shown Left. A perhaps bigger disadvantage is that it’s no longer available except through eBay probably used.

Starting with version 6. This means you can connect the GPS to the laptop out in the field and run just fine, but you cannot, as far as we can tell, take the GPS solo out in the field, use it to record intersection coordinates “waypoints” and trip logs “tracks”then download to the computer when you return to the office.

The envisioned system would help you plan your route by analyzing stop lights, stop signs, and obstacles that can slow your trip. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. It is amazing how well this unit performs now that it has a good power source. Also, you can download pre-recorded trip logs from the Garmin GPS receiver.

Either of these options allow you to dslorme the GPS receiver to Tru-Traffic through the virtual serial port so Tru-Traffic can record trip logs, but they won’t allow you to download pre-recorded trip logs directly into Tru-Traffic. See the discussion of that software above for more details. One set of users’ tests suggest that the Magellan works fine in all the Trimble’s dead spots around the city.

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