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Hello All!

 

I'm looking for the cheapest external active antenna that I can find. Preferably with a BNC connector to hook up to my venerable old Garmin GPSII. Garmin makes one for about $99,ouch! The cheapest I've found so far is in the digikey catalog http://www.digikey.com for $37, but it doesn't have a BNC connector. Any ideas?

 

Thanks.

 

btw. The intended use is for my APRS set up, a really cool use of GPS and amateur radio. Learn more about it at http://www.aprs.net

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Originally posted by pfred:

Hello All!

 

I'm looking for the cheapest external active antenna that I can find. Preferably with a BNC connector to hook up to my venerable old Garmin GPSII. Garmin makes one for about $99,ouch! The cheapest I've found so far is in the digikey catalog http://www.digikey.com for $37, but it doesn't have a BNC connector. Any ideas?

 

Thanks.

 

 

btw. The intended use is for my APRS set up, a really cool use of GPS and amateur radio. Learn more about it at http://www.aprs.net


 

Finding an external antenna cheap is pretty hard to do. The cheapest that I've seen a Garmin GPS II coax antenna is for 70 bucks at AdvancedGPS.com (check this link). I hope this helps some. Also, Garmin makes a a MCX to Coax converter for their antennas if the antenna that you found uses that kind of a port, but most likely it doesn't since the MCX port is a Garmin-invention and thus probably not compatable with most off-the-street hardware. I may be wrong about this though. I hope this helps some.

 

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Wolfe (at http://www.gpscables.com/catalog.html ) offers a variety of GPS antennas, including some with BNC connectors for $45. I have not bought any antennas there, but did buy a combo power/PC cable and was pleased with the service and product quality.

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