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Latest news, April 15, 2007 - We have now discontinued BTA01 after we have sold out our existing stock. It has been a popular item and served the purpose for many customers. Demand for it now has decreased due to a combination of reasons. Therfore we are not making any new batch. However, we still have small quantity of parts so we can make a couple on demand but it means the cost is higher. It may be discontinued completely when we have run out of parts.
Bluetooth Adapter for GPS - another innovative product from Pc-Mobile
You like your Garmin/Magellan handheld but wish they are BT compatible?
You can now upgrade your handheld GPS to Bluetooth so that you can connect to PDA or PC running navigation software.
It is inexpensive, simple, easy to use and is compatible with almost all GPS with NMEA output (please see FAQ at the bottom).
It is designed primarily for use with our GPS cables (showing continued support/upgrade for our products) for Garmin/Magellan handhelds but can be used with almost all other GPS with a serial cable. As thousands of previous customers already have our GPS cables therefore we can offer the adapter on its own at very affordable price.
Bluetooth GPS Adapter  - passkey: 0000
connects to our GPS cable GEDC/GRDC/GODC/GMDC/G9XPM  for appropriate GPS
Use 2 x AA batteries (not supplied) and will last for at least 40 hours (rechargeable batteries) depending on the type/condition of the batteries.
Size: 97 x 33.5 x 18.5 mm  weight: only 35g without batteries
Green LED: indicates connection/disconnection
Red LED: data transmission activity
No software/driver is needed. No documentation/instruction will be supplied but it is so simple to use that it really is not necessary (all you need to know is the passkey). Nor will it be supplied with unnecessary environmental unfriendly packaging to save cost thus passing on the saving to customers so it can be purchased at such low cost. Please see detailed online operating instruction.
Code:BTA01
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$ 49.95
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DISCONTINUED

Latest news, April 15, 2007 - We have now discontinued BTA01 after we have sold out our existing stock. It has been a popular item and served the purpose for many customers. Demand for it now has decreased due to a combination of reasons. Therfore we are not making any new batch. However, we still have small quantity of parts so we can make a couple on demand but it means the cost is higher. It may be discontinued completely when we have run out of parts.

BAT01 connects to one of the following:
CODECONSIST OFDESCRIPTION   (our cables connect to a PDA Interface/BT Adapter)PRICE (US$)
GEDCPcM GPS Cable for Garmin eTrex/eMpap/Geko 201/301 length: 1m15.00
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GRDCPcM GPS Cable for Garmin R type GPS length: 1m14.50Buy It
GODCPcM GPS Cable for Garmin Rino 101/201/301 length: 1m16.00
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GMDCPcM GPS Cable for Magellan M3xx/Meridian/SporTrak length: 1m15.50Buy It
G9XPMPcM PDA-Interface Cable for Serial GPS (DB9 male
connects to PC serial cable (DB9 female) of your GPS length: 1m
14.00
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If you bought GPS cables from us before youmay already have the above GPS interface cables.

Warranty: 6 months
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Please see our terms/conditions of sale and other relevant information.

FAQ:
Q: Can all Garmin/magellan GPS be used?
A: Basic requirement for GPS to be able to use BT adapter is NMEA 4800 output AND a serial interface. Therefore almost all Garmin/Magellan GPS with appropriate cable can be used.
Exceptions are: Forerunner/Foretrex, and some new Garmin GPS that do not have serial interface like VistaC/LegendC, these do not work.
We also have a couple of reports (up to June 8) that GPS 60 does not work. (Garmin GPS with both USB/serial ports are  questionable)

Q: Can all GPS with a serial cable be used?
A: No, most will work, but not all. The GPS must output NMEA, have serial interface, AND can work on its own without connecting to other software/hardware. That covers over 90% of the GPS on the market. Some serial GPS needs other software/hardware to "wake up" the GPS to work (e.g. Delorme/RandMcNally/Digitraveler) so these GPS will not work with the bluetooth adapter.

Q: Can rechargeable batteries be used, and how long will it last?
A: Optimum voltage input is 3V (Alkaline). But good rechargeable NiMH batteries (usually more than 2.6V), which are cheap to run and recommended, can also be used. A good properly charged  set of 2000mAh NiMH batteries should give you around 40 hours of continuous use. Good brand alkaline batteries can last more than 80 hours!.

Q: Does it work with other serial devices other than GPS?
A: Unlikely/possibly. In theory it might work. BTA01 is a cable replacement like many serial BT dongles on the market selling for $100-200, but it has only Tx/Rx/Gnd connections instead of the 5/7/9 pins of a full serial dongle. Because BTA01 is designed to work with GPS, the baud rate is fixed at 4800bps which is the only output for majority of GPS. The baud rate in the bluetooth adapter cannot be changed. If the serial device needs only Tx/Rx/Gnd connections and can be configured to communicate at 4800bps, and works continuously when switched on (without needing to connect other hardware/software), then it might work.

Q: Can I downlaod/upload data to/from my PDA and GPS?
A: Same answer above applies to this one. e.g. if you have a Garmin GPS, when you want to manage data on your GPS, you need to change the interface to Garmin protocol, and Garmin protocol (for data transfer) works usually at 9600. So the answer is no - for Garmin GPS. Of course we do not have many GPS models to test. If the baud rate of the GPS can be configured to 4800 while in Garmin protocol, it might work (with suitable software). And we doubt you can do that.
If you do need to download/upload data to a PDA, we suggest you use a cable.
However, we have tested Magellan Meridian with OziExplorer to download waypoints from the GPS and it DOES work. We do not know about other Magellan, but Meridian appears to work at 4800 for data transfer.
We must stress that BTA01 is designed for NMEA data at 4800 for Navigation use. Other function is not guaranteed.

Q: My PDA and the adapter is connected successfully, but the software does not seem to receive any GPS signal?
A: You must configure the GPS to output NMEA 4800. If it is NMEA 9600, it will not work. If your GPS does not show the baud rate, it is usually 4800 by default. Also see that your GPS is getting a fix. Some GPS (e.g. some Magellan) will not send any data until it gets a fix.

Q: Can I use car power?
A: Why would you use that? 2 x AA batteries is very convenient, cheap (rechargeable) and last at least a day (continous use) without the need to change batteries. Adding car power would also inflate the size of the adapter and cost.

Q: How do I know when the battery is nearly exhausted as there is no indicator?
A: Unfortunately, as the battery is not built-in (fixed), it is not possible to integrate a battery indicator as all sorts of batteries may be used. An indicator for one type of battery (alkaline) will give false indication for other type (rechargeable) because of the voltage variation. The variation can be enormous. Also the small-size design of the adapter cannot accommodate additional circuits needed to have this built in. We suggest you carry a spare set of batteries and by experience you should be able to predict the battery life of your own usual batteries.

Q: Can I power the GPS in car?
A: Unfortunately, we do not make any cable that allows you to power any handheld GPS in car (they must use batteries). If you have to do that, you can purchase the original (or compatible) combo serial cable from another supplier and connect it to G9BTA.

Q: With addition of BT adapter, is it now possible to run 2 GPS applications at the same time using one GPS?
A: Interesting question. You can only run 2 applications at the same time if you have 2 serial ports. If you PDA has BT and a normal bottom serial port, then you can do that. You need a cabled interface on the PDAs that we support, as well as BT adapter, and GPS cable splitter which connects to the usual GPS cable on the GPS end.
If you have questions about the above products please write to pcm-info @ pc-mobile.net
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