+Fenix6372 Posted August 10, 2004 Share Posted August 10, 2004 (edited) I just got my 76CS yesterday (yeah i know the forum is 60CS only but its the same firmware, so sue me ) and I got a Gilsson antenna off ebay, you can get it for 19.49 plus shipping at www.gilsson.com, for a 60 or 76 cs you want a MCX connector (its the really tiny gold one). They list it as drawing anywhere from 5 to 11 mA but 10 on average, and getting a 28dB gain. I can't vouch for those technical specs, but what I can tell you is that yesterday right after UPS delivered my 76CS I put batteries in it, hooked up the external antenna, and took it outside so it could lock on its new home. This is not exaggerated: 35 seconds from pushing the power button to get 8 or 9 sats and +/- 19 ft accuracy. Keep in mind this was just delivered from a place in California, who I'm sure got it from Garmin, which if I am not mistaken is somewhere in the middle of Kansas. Anyway, the point is the GPS had definelty moved more than 600 miles (i'm in North Texas), which means this was a cold start and Garmin says a cold start could take as long as 15 minutes, I did it in 35 seconds! Today I went to a couple of stores, and every time I got back in the car I'd start the GPS back up, within 5-10 seconds it was showing my position on the road and giving lat/lon coordinates. I don't know about you, but I am in love with my external antenna! 35 second cold start and 5 or 10 second hot start sounds like a deal to me! Edit: Just got back from picking my friend up from her work, +/- 6 feet with my Gilsson external antenna YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY! Edited August 10, 2004 by Fenix6372 Quote Link to comment
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