Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
iffwalleyes

Mounting GPS Receiver Puck

9 posts in this topic

Where do most of you have your receiver mounted. I have seen then right next to the console (Like I do now) and then also on the back corner of the boat. I suppose when putting on the back corner and running chip you have the most accurate results for current depth with current location. Has anyone notice a lost or weak signal when mounting it next to the console. I have mine mounted on a ram mount next to the console so it is about 6-8" off the gunwale. I never notice a weak signal but with it raised up it will receive better. I am going to be rigging a buddies boat in a couple weeks. The boat has a full windshield so I am thinking it might be better to mount his receiver at the back of the boat so there isn't any interferance with the windshield and console. We are going the mount the receiver flat and permanent on the boat not on a ram mount like I use. So where do you all mount yours?

I know both ways will work but I am curious which is more popular with most of you guys and gals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My buddy's 18 foot trophy was rigged by the dealer and it is near the back corner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tried the mounting bracket from Cabelas -- don't do it. It does not work.

I mounted mine on "gunrail" near the windshield on my trophy. Works great.

I went against mounting it on the back because it could get caught with fishing line. I have heard of that. Just a thought to consider.

Hitman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A friend on mine also tried the Cabela's mount that has a spot for the puck right on the unit mount and it didn't work for him either. He thinks there might also have been an issue in the mornings when his windshield was fogged up with getting a signal.I see them most often in the back corner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nitro --

Right on -- that Cabelas thing was a good idea just did not work.

I have seen the pucks mounted in the back most of the time, but I talked with a guy that got a line caught in it and lost his fish -- that was enough for me.

Works great in the front.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My boat came with a LCX-28cHD and the puck was a few feet to the left of it and the accuracy was great. WAAS locked everytime out and the EPE was under 20 and typically closer to 15', but that all changed when I added a LMS-520c which was mounted inbetween the X-28 and the GPS puck. The EPE would bounce all over the place and the satellite signal strength was lower than it previously had been. I had to move the puck to the other side of the boat and now everything is spot-on again.

When I was testing this to figure out what was going on, I would move the puck around and you could see the satellite strength go up and down depending on where I was holding the puck in relation to the unit. If I turned the 520c off (the unit closest to the puck) the signal was perfect once again. The puck induced interference into the 520c when it was on and degraded the GPS signal to the entire network.

Before drilling any holes I would wire everything up and move the puck around by hand in different possible mounting locations to see how it effects the GPS signal (EPE). I know that it definitely made a difference to my accuracy because of where the puck/unit were positioned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Before drilling any holes I would wire everything up and move the puck around by hand in different possible mounting locations to see how it effects the GPS signal (EPE). I know that it definitely made a difference to my accuracy because of where the puck/unit were positioned.


Right kind of why I was thinking of putting it on the back there are no obstructions there. As far as getting line caught on that I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor for this project. There is the cleats of the boat already sticking up back there as well as the rod holders that we are going to mount. But I am thinking that if you mount it too close to the windshield you might have it affect the signal depending how the boat is positioned in reguards to the satillittes it is receiving.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mounting on the bow plate near the trolling motor and the bow light can be a good location too. Mine is under the windshield and close to one of my head units - not my preferred location, but works great.

There's a 't-mount' from RigRite that works great for mounting gps pucks - much easier to use than trying to line up holes with the paper template.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a "cone" shape mount that screws onto a standard VHF radio antenna base. I can use same puck on all my boats, it works more or less like a RAM mount.

I have mine on 3 locations, on gunwale near transom, in front of driver's side windshield, and on top of cuddy on my big Lund. All 3 have great reception, I have a LCX 27c and it blows my mind I turn the unit on and as soon as I clear the Warning screen I get locked on, my previous LCX15 took at leas 15/20 seconds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • eyeguy 54
      still love my setup for bluegills but not the best when I use a size 10 jig and fishin for crappies. I might grab the clam springs and rig a rod up with the wire thats a little stiffer and see how it works. this would just be for deep fish. 
    • Cret Jigs
      Out Sunday ... Looked like a City of Trucks and Castles ... Bite was slow but managed a few Crappies / sonnies on Plastics.   we lost a nice walleye near the hole on a moon jig and crappie minnow.   Might have to go Perching in the shallows on south side of MilLacs this weekend.  Hey Moose ... what ya using for Perch on Millacs shallows 12-18 FOW?   
    • icepike 1
      Was out after work for a couple hours yesterday and got two walleyes to bite. The Landing is getting flooded out. Was kinda hesitant on driving out after seeing all the trucks parking on Shore and taking the long walk out. With all the black ice out there it was a little spooky but after seeing 17" to 19"of good ice  was pretty comfortable with it
    • delcecchi
      I will be interested to hear of your experience.  Please let us know.    I think the anecdotal evidence was that the service and quality was not up to the premium price, although that could be old news.     "fine dining" has been a tough sell on the lake.   Several places have tried and failed that I am aware of.   
    • snagfinder
      Only fishing for crappies. With a baby at home only get a few hours after work to fish.