GPS Shield Retail Kit

Replacement:RTL-10709. The new version of this shield is designed to be compatible with the UP501 module. This page is for reference only.

This is the same product as the GPS Shield, but also includes an EM406 GPS receiver and headers. The difference is, this version comes in fancy clamshell packaging meant for our distributors. Regular customers are welcome to order, but we want to limit the amount of extra packaging finding its way into the trash heap. A GPS quickstart guide and a GPS Shield Assembly Guide are available for this product.

Adding GPS to your Arduino has never been easier. The EM406 plugs easily onto the shield, and with the example sketch, you will be able to locate your exact position within a few meters. Here's where we are. GPS also gives you amazingly accurate time!

The DLINE/UART switch switches the GPS module's input/output between Arduino's standard TX/RX pins or any digital pins on the Arduino (default setting uses pins 3 and 2 connected to TX and RX, respectively). The regular GPS pins (RX, TX, PPS, etc.) are broken out to a 10-pin 0.1" pitch header, and a small protoyping area is also provided. An ON/OFF switch is included which controls power to the GPS module. Additionally, the Arduino reset switch is also brought out.

**Note: **The DLINE/UART switch must be set to DLINE in order to upload code through the Arduino IDE.

**Replaces: **RTL-09898

  • EM-406 connector populated
  • Standard Arduino sized shield
  • Prototyping area
  • GPS serial and PPS signals broken out to a 0.1" header for additional device connections
  • Arduino reset button
  • DLINE/UART switch controls serial communications
  • ON/OFF switch controls power to GPS module

GPS Shield Retail Kit Product Help and Resources

GPS Shield Hookup Guide

March 9, 2015

This tutorial shows how to get started with the SparkFun GPS Shield and read and parse NMEA data with a common GPS receiver.


Looking for answers to technical questions?

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  • Member #226173 / about 12 years ago / 1

    it's compatible with the ardumoto or i had tu use 2 arduino?

  • Auxren / about 13 years ago / 1

    I can't get my GPS to lock! I've tried everywhere including a park with nothing around for blocks and the top of a building. Any suggestions?

  • Dixy3 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Nice shield but personally I would have included an SD card to data log all the information from the GPS and Arduino sensors onto a SDHC memory card, the bigger the memory size card the better using 32-bit FAT storeage, adding 10 dollars (£5) for the pieces to make a SD card holder would be a valuable asset to this shield.

  • Member #167681 / about 13 years ago / 1

    How the heck could this sell out in 1 fracking day?!

  • BT / about 13 years ago / 1

    First 'example sketch' link broken...

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