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SparkFun GNSS Chip Antenna Evaluation Board

What is the best chip antenna for your GNSS project? There are tons to choose from, but finding the right one might be tricky so here's a board that helps make deciding easier. The SparkFun GNSS Chip Antenna Evaluation Board makes it easy to test out various sized GPS antennas and geometries. Six different chip antennas have been populated on this board, each with a U.FL connector to attach your chip to the antenna! We've even v-scored the board so you can snap the six antenna's apart and just have the one you need.

If you aren't picky about your antenna and/or each of the antennas work well for your applications, you will get six antennas to use in various project. Since these are GNSS antennas, they will work with GPS as well as GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and other worldwide systems.

  • Included on the Board:
    • Chip Antenna Board - TE 1565-1585MHz Puck Single Band Antenna - 1513634-1
    • Chip Antenna Board - PulseLarsen 1.575GHz GPS Ceramic Chip Antenna - W3062A
    • Chip Antenna Board - PulseLarsen 1.575GHz GPS Ceramic Chip Antenna - W3011
    • Chip Antenna Board - Molex Helix GPS Antenna - 146235
    • Chip Antenna Board - Molex RHCP LDS-MID GPS Antenna - 146216
    • Chip Antenna Board - Molex Low-profise GNSS Ceramic Antenna - 240283

SparkFun GNSS Chip Antenna Evaluation Board Product Help and Resources

SparkFun GPS Breakout (ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q) Hookup Guide

April 4, 2019

The SparkFun ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q are two similarly powerful GPS units but with different project applications. We'll compare both chips before getting each up and running.

GNSS Chip Antenna Hookup Guide

April 4, 2019

You've always wanted to experiment with those tiny GPS antennas. Now you can!

SparkFun GPS NEO-M9N Hookup Guide

December 19, 2019

The u-blox NEO-M9N is a powerful GPS unit that comes in two flavors: with and without a chip antenna. We will quickly get you set up using the Qwiic ecosystem and Arduino so that you can start reading the output!

Three Quick Tips About Using U.FL

December 28, 2018

Quick tips regarding how to connect, protect, and disconnect U.FL connectors.

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

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Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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  • Do NOT make any decisions based on this board. Apparently the people who created this have never heard of matching networks. The only 2 antennas that are even close to being matched correctly are the 3011 (center frequency of 1.556 GHz) and TE Puck (1.612 GHz). The other antennas are so poorly matched (center frequency of > 2GHz) that you're really measuring the transmission line, not the antenna itself. That doesn't make them bad antennas; they've been placed on boards without the necessary caps and inductors needed to make them work well.

    SparkFun – I have VNA and I can tell you the matching networks needed to fix this board. Please contact me if you're interested in fixing this!

    • Hi there, Please feel free to file an issue in the GitHub repository, with your suggestions. Otherwise, you can also modify our Eagle files directly and submit a pull request. I would be happy pass along your feedback/suggestions for improving the performance of this product to our team.

  • This is a great product that shows some creative thinking. Good job!

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Great board out of the blue

I didn't want to hunt around for a smt antenna replacement for the particle electron asset tracker. Then this came out and I ordered it immediately. The scores make it easy to break apart. It was surprising to see the best performance from the W3011 but hey i'll take it.