28506 GPS questions

MSDTechMSDTech Posts: 339
edited 2015-05-14 - 11:49:24 in Accessories
1. Is there a way to shorten the cable on the antenna? I will be using this on a small robot (15" footprint) and don't need the long cable. If not, is there a good antenna with a short cable that will work with this unit.
2. I noticed the schematic in the Parallax documents does not match the schematic on the Simplytronics website do not match. Which is correct for the module?

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  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    edited 2015-05-12 - 09:44:01
    The only way to shorten the cable would be if you have a new connector (and the required tool) to attach to the shortened cable.

    As for the schematic, since SimplyTronics designed this module I would say they would have the latest schematic, however I will check with them.
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  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    edited 2015-05-12 - 11:30:09
    It was also pointed out that you may not have meant schematic, but rather the wiring diagram. Can you confirm please?
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  • MSDTechMSDTech Posts: 339
    edited 2015-05-12 - 14:12:31
    I was talking the schematic. For example, the RX TX pins on the VPN 1513 on the SimplyTronicx diagram are connected to pins 26 and 27 on the propeller. While the Parallax diagram only shows the TX pin connected to pin 18 on the propeller. If I want to write my own firmware, I would need to be aware of this.
  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    edited 2015-05-12 - 15:22:59
    Can you link the documents you're referring to? I am aware of the schematic on the SimplyTronics site, but the other document you're referring to I cannot find.
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  • MSDTechMSDTech Posts: 339
    edited 2015-05-12 - 15:43:44
    OOPS, I was looking at the documentation for the 58506, while the unit I bought was the ST-00059, which is Parallax P/N 58510. I guess I need a better magnifier/reading glasses working with these small parts.
  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,406
    edited 2015-05-13 - 10:35:50
    Okay, so you're set then or do you still have questions on the product you have? I can still help you if I have the details. =)
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  • MSDTechMSDTech Posts: 339
    edited 2015-05-14 - 07:55:07
    Just one other question, when mounting the antenna, is there a preferred orientation?
  • PublisonPublison Posts: 10,876
    edited 2015-05-14 - 09:07:19
    MSDTech wrote: »
    Just one other question, when mounting the antenna, is there a preferred orientation?

    Up :)

    The curved part should be pointing up. Flat part parallel to the ground.
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  • WBA ConsultingWBA Consulting Posts: 2,861
    edited 2015-05-14 - 11:49:24
    You can shorten the cable and solder directly to the PCBA. I have a module with this modification half done. I can complete this weekend and post pictures and results of the performance. I am also looking at replacing the connector on the end because I have the means to do so. If an antenna with a 10" cable was available, these modules would be much more useful (in my opinion).
  • You can shorten the cable and solder directly to the PCBA. I have a module with this modification half done. I can complete this weekend and post pictures and results of the performance. I am also looking at replacing the connector on the end because I have the means to do so. If an antenna with a 10" cable was available, these modules would be much more useful (in my opinion).



    I just wondered how the shortened cable worked out for you, going to do the same to mine, wanted to make sure it don't effect reception. Also, sounds like you went with opening the weather resistant patch antenna enclosure, I was hoping to re-use the conector end, or just cut and splice the extra cable out.
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  • Don't Do It!

    The cable length must be an active part of the antenna, no acquisition indoor or out, another experiment in futility.
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