From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)22 Aug 2018 23:54
To: ALL1 of 9
Found out there's GPS modules that can connect to Raspberry Pis.

Making it possible to build a custom sat nav. :D

Anyone here dabbled with any of that?

From: ANT_THOMAS23 Aug 2018 10:24
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 2 of 9
I bought some GPS modules to link to an esp8266 for GPS tracking, but they seemingly arrived dead (or I don't know how to use them, or I killed them)
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)23 Aug 2018 22:05
To: ANT_THOMAS 3 of 9
That write-up makes it seem straightforward, but I am thinking something Pi-specific is probably a safer bet.

Unless you put too much current through wrong connections isn't it more likely they arrived dead? Too much effort to return for replacements?

From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)23 Aug 2018 22:07
To: ANT_THOMAS 4 of 9
Also is that deliberately plural - why multiple modules?
From: ANT_THOMAS24 Aug 2018 08:41
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 5 of 9
Yes, plural.
£2.35 each on AliExpress, and I usually buy two or more of things like that. Gives me the opportunity to use one in a prototype of whatever I'm making and a spare for a final finished unit (I make it sound like I'm manufacturing things!). Also in case I kill one and don't want to wait another 6 weeks for another.

If the components I'm messing with are much more than that price I won't buy multiple.

I think they might have been really old with dead onboard batteries. Tried to revive them with no luck.
From: ANT_THOMAS26 Aug 2018 18:23
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 6 of 9
Thanks for posting that. It made me investigate the modules I have.

Turns out one of them had some bad soldering across some IC legs. Fixed that and it has powered up and outputting NMEA strings. Need to see if it can get a fix.
EDITED: 26 Aug 2018 18:38 by ANT_THOMAS
From: ANT_THOMAS26 Aug 2018 18:39
To: ANT_THOMAS 7 of 9
It works (woot)
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)26 Aug 2018 20:45
To: ANT_THOMAS 8 of 9
Woohoo! \o/
From: ANT_THOMAS26 Aug 2018 21:18
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 9 of 9
The other one is dead from what I can tell. But now I can attempt to make what I had in mind.