Here is another amateur radio with optional NMEA 0183 GPS I/O port for GPS capability:
Kenwood is promoting the AVMAP G5 GPS.
From Popular Communications magazine
A Weather, Ham Radio, GPS Trio
by Gordon West, WB6NOA
Kenwood has upgraded its TM-D700A dual-band data communicator to the new, more data-powerful TM-D710A. AvMap Navigation’s G5 personal navigator displays all North America, and simply plugs into the Kenwood D710A to provide an unsurpassed APRS bi-directional navigator, with new search and rescue navigation capabilities. Add a Peet Bros. or Davis weather station, and you have the ultimate storm chaser mobile system—no computer required!
“Search and rescue ham operators will quickly spot some of the new SAR features in the Kenwood D710A transceiver with built-in terminal node controller,” said Don Arnold, W6GPS, AvMap North American sales manager for amateur products.
“Storm chasers now have a transceiver that can take Peet Bros. or Davis Instrument weather sensors and interface them with a direct data feed to the new Kenwood D710A without tying up an additional laptop for mobile applications,” added Arnold, also pointing out the bi-directional color mapping capability of the new AvMap G5 touch screen GPS, which simply plugs into the new Kenwood D710A, the older D700A, and the still-popular Kenwood TH-D7A handheld.
A Technical Marriage
It’s not often that a ham radio transceiver manufacturer takes a step solely dedicated to working with ham radio emergency responders and actively supports another brand of GPS and weather data peripherals. But Kenwood’s ham radio product manager, Phil Parton, N4DRO, knows the importance of an integrated ham radio system, having spent time involved in SAR, as well as working directly with ham radio emergency volunteer responders to help support them.
“I work all of the ham shows myself to hear, firsthand, what the ham radio volunteer emergency responders need to better perform their functions,” said Parton, who’s based out of Kenwood USA’s headquarters in Suwannee, Georgia. Little will get lost in the translation with daily meetings between Parton and the Japanese radio engineers who report to corporate headquarters in Japan.
Just got my G5, very nice.
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