Toughbook MK-19 Mk6 Sierra MC7305 GPS

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  1. JamieQuackers

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    Hello!

    First post here, really hoping someone can help! Formerly had a CF-18 and recently purchased a CF-19 Mk6 with Sierra Wireless MC7305 card. All is great except for GPS!

    I installed the driver pack (version 13.12.1005.25) with /USBCOMP=8 and that provided me with both the serial access to the card on COM5 and NMEA on COM4. I've also installed the GPS aerial from my CF-18 to the right hand side of the CF-19 and connected it to the GPS port of the Sierra card hoping it would help.

    So COM4 shows what appears to be NMEA-ish traffic (happy to provide a capture if it will help) but I never ever get a fix, nor any satellites. I'm currently sat in a field on top of a peak in Shropshire with a clear blue sky so location not an issue. Connecting on COM5 and issuing AT!GPSSATINFO? always returns NO SAT INFO and AT!GPSSTATUS? returns fix session ACTIVE but fix status of NONE error code 12 which from the AT code manuals is timeout.

    As a solo hiker I take this machine with me literally everywhere and I'd like to not have to take a USB or bluetooth GPS dongle with me!

    All help most gratefully received!
     
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    It would be best to get a cf19 gps module and antenna. It sounds like the antenna is not compatible or working properly.
    You can receive nema data with improper antenna or no antenna attached. This is what the symptom sounds like.
     
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    I was thinking that might be the verdict. But it would appear that the Mk6 has a daughter board for the Sierra card and doesn't have connection points for the GPS card (presumably because Panasonic expect to use the Sierra card). Not a hardware expert, just going on my eyes ... am I right in this?
     
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    Yes you are correct
     
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    Thanks for your quick reply! So (and my apologies if I'm asking an idiot question) what daughterboard do I need? I need both 4G and GPS. If of course this isn't possible internally I guess I'm back to a Bluetooth or USB arrangement.
     
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    The gps module connects to the board under the Wan board.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh thank you - that's the missing bit of information I needed. Many many thanks for your help here!
     
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