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Internal vs. External GPS

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What do you guys/gals prefer when using sonar/gps units? Are there any pros and cons that I'm missing with either option?

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I've always used the external antenna, I've fished with others with an internal antenna and they have not functioned well at times, although I think the early problems with the internal antennas have been improved. IMO, why take a chance?

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I have a 334 internal one of the first and it is on the bow of my boat and never had a problem with at all I use it in winter time ice fishing and NEVER had a problem. Maybe because I did the updates ......My friend has a 522 and mounted it on his consel 175 Navigator and I asked if it ever lost signal even when the windshield is blocking it some

HE SAID NO he also has a 522 on his bow.

I do not lay it down all the way so the screen is laying flat maybe that is why I don't loose signal...

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i have a 339c igps. i lose the signal alot when i'm going under a bridge whether i'm doing 50 miles an hour or just crawling. but out in the open i almost never lose signal. it's not that big a deal anyway IMO. the map is still there and by the time it pops back up i'm not very far from that spot anyway. it's a great tool to have but if signals are lost it's not the end of the world. awsome for backtracking and waypoints. other than that it's just a simple tool.

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I have 2 internals. If I do lose signal it is right back in seconds. I like using them for other things so internal is just easier to move them around. But if it was going on my boat and never comming off then I would get external. Some internals seem better than others, I have known guys that wanted to throw their 522's and 334's into the water. On the other side I love my 2 334's and have no reason to upgrade like many others.

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lowrance has moved the location of it's internal antenas and it seems to have solved all the problems they had in the past. smile

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