Brandon J. Williams

Member Since: September 4, 2018

Country: United States

We added a follow-up GPS tutorial to increase your GPS skills a few weeks ago. Now we want to show you a practical example with a handheld GPS coordinate logger that will pin locations for your viewing pleasure using Google Earth.

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Basic LED Animations for Beginners (Arduino)

December 3, 2019

Let's have some fun with LEDs! We'll explore LEDs once again with the SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic, making cool effects, and putting those effects to work using a sensor.

GPS Geo-Mapping at the Push of a Button

September 27, 2019

Let's ramp up our GPS tracking skills with KML files and Google Earth. We'll make a tracker that logs location and allows us to visualize our steps with Google Earth.

Displaying Your Coordinates with a GPS Module

April 30, 2019

This Arduino tutorial will teach you how to pinpoint and display your GPS coordinates with a press of a button using hardware from our Qwiic Connect System (I2C).
  • That's how you know they're handmade!

  • In theory you could try to use our LTE CAT Shield ( https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15087?_ga=2.6280051.1178768999.1572880791-5961796.1565817435 ) for more internet connectivity. We also have some LoRa options in a tutorial post if you'd like to explore those possibilities, https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-gps-rtk?_ga=2.17815545.1178768999.1572880791-5961796.1565817435 . Your idea would still be awesome to have. I hope one day you'll be able to implement it.

  • Absolutely! That would be a great idea.

  • Addressing your project idea: That sounds awesome! I'd like to use an RTK receiver to plot an elevation view of some of my favorite hiking areas (and maybe yard uses for landscaping). Make sure to tag us if you ever post images or updates on the project on social media!

    That peak, I believe, is Hahns Peak. The lake is just a few miles north of Steamboat Lake State Park ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hahns+Peak+Lake/@40.8382146,-106.9954651,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8742edc590e97ca7:0xcbe3430f2e93b25f!8m2!3d40.8359287!4d-106.9893594 ). Unfortunately that photo is the only one I have in high resolution. It was originally taken with my phone.

  • Maybe my puns are too strong, but I think you missed a great chance to use a pie box instead.

  • There should now be an updated copy of the code with the revisions. Thank you for catching that!

  • That's an awesome project! I worked on something similar when I was still in college for a senior project. I'm not entirely sure if we have a direct ozone product, but I had used a Spec Ozone sensor. However, I didn't have much luck trying to integrate it into a larger circuit back then. I don't think it'll match your desired tolerance, but it'd be a good place to look if you haven't already.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  • We're working on our process for guest contributors but it's still a work in progress; we'll keep you in mind when we get everything nailed down. Keep an eye out for updates.

  • Thank you! I did consider shifting some things around to get both temperature and humidity. Aside from more intensive debugging, one could just replace one of the GPS data points like speed, course, or satellites. The dew point is a very good consideration, and is a measurement worth using for environmental and weather data.

    Also, fair point about shortening print statements or other memory saving tricks. I would have done so if I was planning on elaborating further on this project. It was a small project for myself to use the logger shield and a sensor for the fun of it. I just hope others may use it for actual science, because that would be awesome!

    Thank you also for your additional history information. I knew some but not all of that. Maybe that's why we're drawn even more to GPS with it being, more or less, open source itself. I also find the two different comm. protocols of SiRFstarV and NEMA. I thinks there's a lot to learn for everyone no matter the skill level.