Gold DoE Expedition

I recently undertook the expedition phase of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh in a Canadian open canoe. The team and I paddled from just outside Thetford all the way down to Cambridge on the River Thet, the Little Ouse, the Great Ouse and finally, the Cam.

For the expedition, we needed to have an “aim”. This could be anything from photographing the team at checkpoints to measuring the water PH levels. My team opted to photograph wildlife along the way and due to this, I took along my Nikon Coolpix P610 because it featured GPS – something I thought would be useful when it came to showing where the photos were taken! The camera also had a “logging” mode which allowed logging of it’s location, speed and altitude, every n number of seconds for x amount of time. I set it to every 30s for 12 hours each morning before we left so that I could see our precise route.

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Post-Birthday Hack: Arduino GPS

For my birthday, Ben James gave me some geeky goodies including a uBlox NEO-6M GPS module.

As soon as I had a moment, I rigged it up to my Arduino and uploaded this sketch from ArduinoTronics.

The pin connection layout is this:

GPS RX -> Arduino digital 4 (D4)

GPS TX -> Arduino digital 3 (D3)

GPS GND -> Arduino GND

GPS VCC -> Arduino 5V

It took a while to get a fix (find a satellite) but after it had, I received this over the serial port!:

Arduino GPS data
Arduino GPS data

I have my GPS module in mind for a secret project which is to be launched soon, so keep your ears pricked!

EDIT 15/04/15:

Just took the module and Arduino out for a drive in the car and then plotted all the points (about 500 of them) on a map, very pleased with the results!

Our quick drive around
Our quick drive around