Crowtail- GPS

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Description

This Crowtail - GPS module is a cost-efficient and field-programmable gadget armed with a SIM28 (U-blox 6 is old version) and serial communication configuration. It features 22 tracking / 66 acquisition channel GPS receiver. The sensitivity of tracking and acquisition both reach up to -160dBm, making it a great choice for personal navigation projects and location services, as well as an outstanding one among products of the same price class.

Model:Crowtail- GPS

Crowtail- GPS.JPG

Specification

  • Input Voltage: 3.3V, 5V
  • BaudRate: 4800 - 57600( u-blox version)
  • BaudRate: 9600 - 115200
  • Default BaudRate: 9600
  • Supports NMEA and U-Blox 6 protocols
  • Low power consumption
  • Baud rates configurable
  • Crowtail compatible interface

Usage

Application 1: Print the GPS data with serial port

This example simply prints the output of the frames received by the GPS module to the serial port of an arduino.
first, connect the UART_RX to PD3, UART_TX to PD2.
second, upload the following demo code to Arduino or Crowduino.

//at 9600 bps 8-N-1
//Computer is connected to Arduino/Crowduino
//SoftSerial Shield is connected to the Software UART:D2&D3 
 
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
 
SoftwareSerial SoftSerial(6, 7);
unsigned char buffer[256]; // buffer array for data recieve over serial port
int count=0;     // counter for buffer array 
void setup()
{
  SoftSerial.begin(9600);               // the SoftSerial baud rate   
  Serial.begin(9600);             // the Serial port of Arduino baud rate.
 
}
 
void loop()
{
  if (SoftSerial.available())              // if date is comming from softwareserial port ==> data is comming from SoftSerial shield
  {
    while(SoftSerial.available())          // reading data into char array 
    {
      buffer[count++]=SoftSerial.read();     // writing data into array
      if(count == 256)break;
  }
    Serial.write(buffer,count);            // if no data transmission ends, write buffer to hardware serial port
    clearBufferArray();              // call clearBufferArray function to clear the storaged data from the array
    count = 0;                       // set counter of while loop to zero
 
 
  }
  if (Serial.available())            // if data is available on hardwareserial port ==> data is comming from PC or notebook
    SoftSerial.write(Serial.read());       // write it to the SoftSerial shield
}
void clearBufferArray()              // function to clear buffer array
{
  for (int i=0; i<count;i++)
    { buffer[i]=NULL;}                  // clear all index of array with command NULL
}

Third, Open the serial monitor, select the serial rate as 9600. you will get the data return from the GPS module.
Return data.jpg

Application 2: Use the u-center software to Locate your place

1. Down load the U-center software. you can also go to the U-blox office website to download this software. And install it.
2. Upload the demo code in Application 1 to Arduino.
3. Open U-center, choose the serial port and set the serial rate as 9600. After a while, you will get the location of the GPS shield.
U-center.jpg

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