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DIY Drones uBlox modules now available!

The awesome uBlox 5 GPS modules are now available in the DIY Drones store! From the product description: The powerful GPS is based on Ublox 5 chipset and the Saratel helical antenna to maintain sat lock from any angle. Includes uBlox adapter and comes pre-programmed for ArduPilot. Features * u-Blox 5H chipset * Sarantel omni-directional Geo-helix S-type active antenna * Real 4Hz Refresh rate * Fifty channels * Supports UBX, NMEA and USB&NMEA * High immunity to RF interference * Firmware upgradable * Includes 12" cable with EM406 connectors on both ends. The cost is $109.90, which is a bit cheaper than buying the module (if Sparkfun ever gets it back in stock) and the necessary adapter and cable separately, and these these come pre-programmed for ArduPilot, saving you a huge hassle involving making a custom connector for you FTDI cable and messing about with uBlox settings in their utility. It's designed to plug straight into the ArduPilot's GPS connecter--plug and play! When you switch to this GPS, remember to change the configuration file so ArduPilot knows! //1-7 #define GPS_PROTOCOL 2 // 0 = NMEA, 1=SIRF, 2=uBlox
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  • do i need to disconnect the interface while it is siting around to save the battery?
  • Just received mine yesterday even with the holiday it arrived 3 day priority mail ( great service). I had previously bought one from sparkfun and assembled it but I had the wrong pin connected and accidentally fried it with 5v. this one has the batt backup to get that satellite lock in one second. Man what a plus+ and it came with a cable to hook it up without having to fumble.all that and they threw in the little black weather cam to top it off cant beat this deal. I just pluged it in and it gave me a lock inside my camper.
  • @scott:
    with helical antenna, it should be mounted vertically for best reception.
  • Scott,
    Mount it on top of your airframe the same as you would with the ceramic module, the aerodynamic bit is up to you.
    The difference with this gps is truely amazing
  • I have only ever used the modules with the ceramic square flat antenna module and a copper ground plane, so the orientation on those is pretty obvious, (flat and on top of the model somewhere that doesn't do too much damage aerodynamically) - but with this one, I am unsure of the correct orientation of the Sarantel antenna. ANyone have any guidance / wisdom?
  • 3D Robotics
    The adapters were meant for those who had bought the uBlox modules as stand-alone from Sparkfun. But I'm sure Jordi could accommodate those who want the modules by themselves. The problem is that they have to be programmed and that's a pretty fiddly processes. I tried and failed, so I had to send it to Jordi to do for me. If he sells modules by themselves, you'll probably want him to program them for you, too.
  • Moderator
    For those complaining about now having an extra adapter...
    Jordi/Chris mentioned right away that the combo was to be available soon as a complete unit, so don't blame them just because you didn't wait!
  • well Jordi you evil genius ,you have cleaned me out i ordered and got shipping notice already so i now own an adapter i got when they first came out and now the full fig uBlox and adapter . i have been looking for the uBlox all over the place to no avail so it is Beans for eats for the rest of the month :-) anybody need the adapter i have as a spare ?
  • Awesome! I have been waiting on this! Order placed!
  • Developer
    Also includes the wire. =)
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