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    Default Cheap GPS speedometer

    HK, if you're listening we need a small, lightweight, inexpensive (under $30) GPS speedometer with a screen just large enough to display the maximum speed of the last run. Would be nice to be able to USB connect to computer to show 'map' of route and other details of run(s). Replaceable aaa batteries instead of 'built-in lithium' (which will eventually go bad rendering it useless). We need this yesterday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundog View Post
    HK, if you're listening we need a small, lightweight, inexpensive (under $30) GPS speedometer with a screen just large enough to display the maximum speed of the last run. Would be nice to be able to USB connect to computer to show 'map' of route and other details of run(s). Replaceable aaa batteries instead of 'built-in lithium' (which will eventually go bad rendering it useless). We need this yesterday!
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    I think this is going to be as good as it gets:
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ta_Logger.html


    I have used a club members Voltron GPS which I believe the HK verison is a knock off of and I really like it. Plug it into the reciever and thats it. It will even fit inside the radio box of my gas boat.
    http://www.velocity-rc.com/cgi-bin/v...on=show&pid=59


    You could also look for an old Garmin Forerunner 101 in ebay.

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    I had a Voltron, but sunk it in a little boat.
    The HK unit is SO in demand, its beyond back order.

    I REALLY need another. I'm gonna' order a Voltron today, I can't wait anymore.

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    you could get one of the sky rc gps units you can pick them up on ebay for around 30-35 bucksasgps.jpgand they work great
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAMBA2200 View Post
    you could get one of the sky rc gps units you can pick them up on ebay for around 30-35 bucksasgps.jpgand they work great
    Have you seen a Voltron in real life? its less than 1/4 the size and weight of that unit although it looks really cool for larger boats..

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    no ive never seen a Voltron
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAMBA2200 View Post
    no ive never seen a Voltron
    Best thing since the ball point pen. weighs less than 1/2 oz

    http://www.jethobby.com.sg/cgi-bin/e...=show&pid=2810

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    yep i just googled it looks kool here are the specs on the sky

    32 parallel satellite searching channels
    Receiver: L1, 1575.42 MHZ
    Frequency: 1.023 MHZ
    Update frequency: 1 Hz.
    Antenna type: Built-in
    Satellite signal reception sensitivity: -159dBm
    Dimensions: 65.7X39.6X20.8mm
    Weight: 41g
    Operating temperature: 0℃ to +50℃
    Storage temperature: -10℃ to +60℃
    Operating humidety: 5% to 90%
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    here is a link to the sky rc for more info http://www.skyrc.com/index.php?route...&product_id=43
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    I have a water resistant android phone and an application called GPS essentials, it tracks and records top speed etc, brilliant app!! THough quite a lot to loose should something go bad....

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    and quite allot of weight also i bet in comparison i have that same app but im not gonna put my razr in my boat lol its waterproof also but man if i lost that it would be like losing a leg lol
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    I have a cheap motorola so no huge loss if it goes for me, yeah it does add a little weight which in my HK Centurion is a noticeable issue Id say, but have nothing to benchmark it against to test accuracy. I dont think the little weight phases my genesis speed wise, not noticeably by eye anyhow.
    Any of you guys bothered with the hotwheels radar gun, they go cheap on ebay and read up to 160kmh I think, which would be no good for some of you guys, but for most of us (well, me, anyway) 100mph is a long way off :D
    Great thread though, thanks for the info on the GPS units

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    I've tested the sky gps. they are junk as far as I'm concerned. they are always giving different readings. They can't compare to a garmin.
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    Steve, can you give me a model number and source for the Garmin.

    Thanks, Allen

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    I have a voltron 2nd design with a tiny lipo that I used most of the summer, you can also plug it into the receiver. I got mine from
    Jeffrey.daft@herzogracing.com. He is an RC boater and racer on the gas side and is great to deal with, he usually has them in stock.

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    I use the etrex 10 its alil bulky but works good.

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    I use the Garmin Forerunner 201. It's an excellent little gps and waterproof.

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    I just picked a garmin forerunner 201 used for 10$ but I havnt tried it yet. Also what looks to be a good option is the quantum gps data logger V2. It's only 50 bucks at hobby king. Although if OSE had them I would much rather spend my money here.
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    Impulse 17 - not worth GPS. Lol (rescue boat)

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    the new hobbyking gps works very well. it picks up sattelites quickly and seems to be very accurate. used it quite a bit last season.

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    Fits right in a pill bottle and works great
    Quote Originally Posted by BILL OXIDEAN View Post
    Best thing since the ball point pen. weighs less than 1/2 oz

    http://www.jethobby.com.sg/cgi-bin/e...=show&pid=2810

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    A good gps unit is also Holux 245 sport.
    You can also mout it on your bicycle.

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