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Description: The EM-506 GPS receiver from USGlobalSat based on the spectacular SiRF StarIII chipset. This complete module is built upon the same technology as the ET-301, but includes on-board voltage regulation, LED status indicator, battery backed RAM, and a built-in patch antenna! 6-pin interface cable included.
This EM-506 GPS module is powered by SiRF Star IV, it can provide you with superior sensitivity and performance even in urban canyon and dense foliage environment. With SiRF CGEE (Client Generated Extended Ephemeris) technology, it predicts satellite positions for up to 3 days and delivers CGEE-start time of less than 15 seconds under most conditions, without any network assistance.
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Based on 10 ratings:
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Ran this module up on my coffee table in the lounge, and despite being inside a double brick building, got a reliable fix remarkably quickly. NMEA data is pumping out as expected, and the provided interconnect cable had me connected up to my dev board really quickly.
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This thing has great accuracy. After the initial fix it could place my location on a map with pinpoint accuracy. The fix time is quick if you are under open sky. In a building it is a bit slower.
I had an RS232 shifter which I could use to connect it to my laptop. It output data as expected. It logged on to the satellites quickly with no need to initialize.
I wanted to preset the baud rate and output messages. I had some Java code to read and write to a port. I added a function to append the checksum to the command sentence. I could then turn off some of the output sentences but that was not persistent over a power cycle. But when I set the baud rate, it made the output sentence selection permanent as well.
So all is well.. Dave Heffler Lunenburg, N.S. Canda.
I’ve only done some rudimentary testing so far, but it seems to work fairly accurately. The GPS appears to lock onto the satellites quickly, usually within a few seconds. Sometimes longer, but it could depend on the cloud cover. I didn’t pay attention to that. I entered the reported position into Google maps. I was sitting near a perimeter wall of my house, and Google pinned a location just outside of my house, about 10 ft away based on the outline of the shown houses. I’m not sure how accurate the Google maps located the houses, but the shown location was good enough for me at the time. I had the GPS plugged into a Sparkfun CAN-BUS shield piggy backed on the Arduino Uno. I took the setup for a ride in my car having the Uno display the GPS speed on a LCD display. The GPS speed updated quickly tracking the car speed. I’m happy with the GPS unit thus far.
I got this receiver for hobby purposes and wound up building a small decoder using the Uno. The reception is pretty good. It will receive just fine indoors with the curtains open. If there was anything else that I might wish for it would be to add an optional external antenna.
This is the first GPS module I’ve worked with. It works as advertised, including very fast time to fix. I’m using it as part of a clock, so in a perfect world, I would want a unit that had a 1PPS output. As far as I can tell Sparkfun sells units that have 1PPS, and units that have integral antennas, but not units that have both. Does anybody know otherwise?
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Before I purchased, I inquired if it was suitable as a replacement for the redundant EM-406 and was told it was. However information about software changes like Baud rate will be required before it will work as a change over replacement so it was not a straight forward replacement as expected. We have not completed the software changes to make it work yet so I hope I am not premature providing this requested feed back. Relevant info at the time of inquiry before my purchase would have been appreciated as I had not booked my software writer to alter code.
Hi, Sorry about the baud mismatch. Other than that, this module has the same pin out (minus the 1pps which has been replaced with a Directive pin that outputs GPS states.) It has the same power parameters 4.5~6.5V. It is using the updated SiRF Star IV as compared to the 406’s SiRF Star III.
There is an example on page 14 of the datasheet that shows how to switch the settings of the device. The EM-406 was factory set to NEMA, with a baud of 4800. So your command will be $PSRF100,1,4800,8,1,0*0C
The module worked as expected right out of the box. Receive sensitivity seems to be quite good, but I’m not convinced that the Time To First Fix is as good as advertised. That, combined with the absence of a 1PPS output, is my reason for a four-star rating.
We have a number of these units working well in our equipment. Very accurate and easy to integrate.
Don’t have an FTDI to test but you do have an Arduino? This image shows how to hook up your GPS Module with an Arduino to test if it is working or not.