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Jun 09, 2012, 09:11 am Last Edit: Jun 09, 2012, 09:16 am by TobyB Reason: 1
so after a bit of rewiring and poking around, I've gotten the Globalsat 406a (http://www.usglobalsat.com/store/download/46/em406a_ug.pdf)
to talk to the Mega 2650 through an Adafruit shield http://www.adafruit.com/products/98.

It'll read properly parsed empty phrases from the module indoors, and if I take it outside, it gets a bit more data.

But the problem is, it can see 12 satellites, but can't get a fix.  Tried it at work, tried it at home, same results.
I let it chug along for at least 5 minutes, no luck.  Sees 12, no fix.  Moving it, sometimes it even loses the $GPGSV phrase.
If it was a radio, I'd change the antenna, but this one's part of the module.

Using the Adafruit code modified to read through the hardware serial port 1, I get:

   Time: 6:45:18
   Date: 6/9/12
   Lat: 0* 0' 0.0"
   Long: 0* 0' 0.0"

but even a simple serial1 to serial0 repeater gives the same results.

I'm GPS- clueless.  Is there something obvious I could be missing?




On some GPS modules it can take a long time to download the ephemeris details for each satellite.  Try leaving the module running with a clear view of the sky for a while... Possibly hours.

If that fails you might need to force a cold start to clear whatever the module thanks it knows about orbits.
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Thanks, John- I'll give that a shot. 



I was just curious if things ever panned out for getting a quicker fix with your GPS.  I've started working with a Maestro A2035-H (http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Maestro-Wireless-Solutions/A2035-H-V412/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvHnN%252b%2fGH9WnSIFmGmrzLuu2xchwU9fmI4%3d) and it is acting similarly.  After about 7 minutes it figures out the right time and date (starts off with a date from 2010).  It finally gets a fix after about 30 minutes.  Until then it just shows that it can find 12 satellites!

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