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Re: [gpsd-dev] ✘Patch queue is empty?

From: Gary E. Miller
Subject: Re: [gpsd-dev] ✘Patch queue is empty?
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:52:19 -0700

Yo Hal!

On Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:13 -0700
Hal Murray <address@hidden> wrote:

> address@hidden said:
> > git head handles them fine.  I added skytraq (venus 8) support for
> > some units I got.   
> What do you mean by "handles them fine"?

It decodes all the Skytraq NMEA, Private NMEA and Serial that my Venus 8
GPS send out.

> Does it know it is dealing
> with a Venus chip?

Yes, it dumps the software revision in INFO.

> Does it do anything special if it finds one?

For now, it just dumps the software revision in INFO, and then decodes
the binary.  Both new features.

>  Or
> is it just a generic NMEA device.

There are some proprietary NMEA sentences, and Skytraq/Venus unique
> Where does that "8" come from?

Version 8.  Version 6 and 7 are still common.  Like the u-blox 6, 7, and 8.

> I'm using the Sparkfun breakout board.
> It says "Venus638FLPx".  Mine may be old enough that it's using the
> older Venus634LPx

That would be a Venus 6.

> My copy of the datasheet says 638 and is dated 2012.  I don't think
> my unit is that old.

Two generations old, and lot of new binary messages in the 8.

The 8's can do BeiDou and GLONASS, that is helpful.

Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
        address@hidden  Tel:+1 541 382 8588

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