The charts are the UKHO ARCS charts - all 800 of them on disc or memory stick, and being raster charts, means they are exact scans of the Admiralty paper charts.
Naturally the program automatically selects the correct chart as you zoom in or out.
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Thread: USB GPS
23-02-12, 21:26 #11
Last edited by ianj99; 24-02-12 at 13:56.
24-02-12, 09:25 #12
There's a test of the Belfield plotter and others too in Sailing Today current issue.Not all who wander are lost
24-02-12, 09:34 #13
I went the open cpn and cm93 charts, since im a cheapskate, depending on your morals there are garmin atlantic ones kicking about as well, the first usb dongle i got crashed windows, the second one is better but sometimes not recognised by windows, getting a reliable gps usb dongle was the difficult part for me!
24-02-12, 10:11 #14
Has any one tried a BT GPS?
My set up uses a BT USB dongle to talk to the GPS total cost less than £10. for both bits.
The GPS is rechargeable so it can be used remotely (eg higher up inside the cabin) but not really necessary. It runs for 12/24 hrs if not on charge.
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24-02-12, 10:25 #15
The laptop runs down below taking it's primary feed from the fixed GPS (Garmin 128) and a NASA AIS engine. The laptop runs OpenCPN with CM93 and Maptech (Admiralty raster) charts. I use Maptech for route planning and real time nav and the vector charts (with detail turned down) for AIS display, which is particularly good on OpenCPN.
I'm also now using NavMonPC for instrument display, logging and multiplexing/virtual COM port provision, although the virtual ports are not really needed now as I no longer run Maptech, just OpenCPN.------------------------------------
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24-02-12, 10:31 #16
Bluenext dongle here, works fine (once configured with the help of the forum ) with Samsung netbook, Open CPN/CM93. A great backup to the chartplotter...
24-02-12, 10:45 #17Registered User
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
I have recently discovered 'Extgps'
which allows your Symbian based gps , Bluetooth phone to send gps to your laptop
I have a Nokia E71 which works fine with this.
I paid , I think , about £4 for mine using the Nokia Apps store but I note you seem to get it free on the site I have posted here.
24-02-12, 14:01 #18
You might like Polarnavy's Polarview instruments. You can customise them fully and also re size the window, and have it ontop of Belfield.
You can choose an anlogue or digital display for most parameters.
25-02-12, 19:25 #19Registered User
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- Sep 2011
Opencpn looks very attractive. Does any one know if it is updated and how frequently.
25-02-12, 20:51 #20