Garmin Colorado, next gen handheld?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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8 Responses

  1. GPSNavX says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but it appears the Garmin Colorado does not appear to support NMEA data hence making it unusable with many marine navigation applications. Garmin’s own Mapsource does not do real-time navigation. Garmin’s USB cable does not support NMEA data, only their own proprietary data format for transfering routes, waypoints, tracks etc.

  2. Russ says:

    How did you determine that? I can’t find a manual to download.

  3. norse says:

    It’s an easy bet. Garmin has had USB-only handhelds for over 3 years and there have been complaints about no NMEA for about that long. Garmin does have a PC program to provide NMEA data via a virtual serial port (“Spanner”). That solves the problem for some but not all.

  4. It isn’t clear if the DeLorme PN-20 can accept the charts you download from NOAA or if you have to buy the NOAA charts from DeLorme.

  5. Russ says:

    I have a Garmin 76csx with USB output that supports NMEA.
    When someone says “it appears that”, I think there needs to be some basis in fact. Otherwise, it’s more like “I speculate”, or “IMHO”.

  6. GPSNavX says:

    Russ, the Garmin 76csx supports NMEA data only through it’s serial cable (power/data cable) and not through it’s USB cable. When looking at the Colorado accessories I did not see a Garmin PC interface cable or power data cable similar to what is available for the Garmin 76csx.

  7. JGB says:

    Regarding the DeLorme PN-20 & NOAA charts, I emailed DeLorme & received the following response from their Sales & Service dept.:
    “Thank you for your email.”
    “At this time our PN-20 will only accept information from our TOPO USA 7.0 software.
    “The NOAA charts are the actual scanned charts that have been formatted properly to be downloaded onto the PN-20.”
    Guess not.

  8. Bill Greeley says:

    The Colorado appears to support NEMA out with a with a MiniUSB to DB9 cable (010-10572-00). This still needs a serial to USB adapter to use the USB port of a laptop. There is also a MiniUSB to cigarette lighter adapter for external power. If you go from MiniUSB (Colorado) to the USB port of your laptop, the Colorado goes into external drive mode (like many cameras) and the real time Lat/Lon updates stop. The objective is to find a configuration that converts the serial data out to USB and also powers the Colorado from the laptop USB port.

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