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EM-406 GPS works on Netduino but not Plus 2

30 October 2013 - 05:05 PM



I have a Sparkfun EM-406 GPS shield which is giving me some problems on a Netduino Plus 2.


It was originally working correctly on a classic Netduino, it gets a fix (even indoors) and the LED flashed to indicate this. The serial output was all good.


I have now moved to a Plus 2 unit instead, and the GPS never finds a fix. The LED stays solid indicating that it is seeking. The $GPGSV string is always $GPGSV,1,1,00*79, which I believe indicates that it can see one satellite. This would account for the fact that the time string it sends seems to be accurate.


My question is whether anyone has any experience of the EM-406 on a Plus 2, or if there is a difference in platform that may account for the behavior? From my own reading of various threads around the internet, I'm currently suspecting that the GPS is not able to draw enough current (data sheet says  it needs ~70mA IIRC).




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