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External antenna for GPS Shield

External antenna for GPS Shield
« on: November 11, 2014, 07:21:32 PM »
Anyone tried to attach an external antenna to the GPS shield? It would be nice to have an external antenna for better reception. I've got a couple of magnetic mount Garmin GPS antennas and wonder if they could be used with the shield.


Thanks.

Re: External antenna for GPS Shield
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 11:26:21 AM »
Excellent point - we do plan on offering a new GPS option with external antenna in late summer 2015.

Thanks,

Ken
TinyCircuits

Re: External antenna for GPS Shield
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2016, 06:18:43 PM »
It seems this option is not yet available. Is it still on the roadmap?
For some of my projects metal surroundings are an issue and an external antenna would greatly increase usefulness of the GPS Shield.

If the shield can be modified directly to attach an external antenna, that would be OK too.


Re: External antenna for GPS Shield
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 02:35:11 PM »
Hi- we've just started shipping a revision to the GPS board that uses a U.FL connector and very small external passive antenna. I apologize that our product listing does not show this- we're in the process of launching a new website/web store. This is not a great situation- I'll push for an updated listing ASAP.

Regardless, the external antenna greatly increased performance as you would expect, and it seems to work fine with other small passive GPS antennas.