Problem?

While storm chasing (or any other application, but this is about Storm Chasing) you use a USB BU-353S4 or other usb based GPS that has NMEA output. You would like to use the new Windows Maps application.

Solution:

Using GpsGate Splitter, we will capture the NMEA output. To do this, you will need to install GPSGate Splitter and get it working with your USB GPS device. To do so, you will need to figure out the COM Port your USB GPS is on. To find that, go to the Windows Device Manager.

To enter the Windows Device Manager in Windows 10, right click your start menu and go to Device Manager as pictured below:

Once in Device Manager, you should have a screen that looks like this. In my case, the COM port is COM5.

Windows 10 System Device Manager
Windows 10 System Device Manager

Once you know your COM port, it’s easy to setup GPS Gate

Once you know what your COM port is, start GPSGate Splitter (formerly client). Setup the input COM Port until you see GPS data with valid position like this. You must get a GPS data with valid position fix before you can get the sensor working.

GPSGate Splitter/Client Input Screen
GPSGate Splitter/Client Input Screen

Setting up output Virtual Com Port

The next step into getting this to work is to have a virtual com port output on GPSGate. Add a virtual COM Port if you do not have any. Once a virtual com port is added, it provides a permanent address for the GPSDirect to get its GPS Data.

GPSGate Splitter/Client Output Screen
GPSGate Splitter/Client Output Screen

For my computer, I am using COM 6 as the “permanent” address.

Download GPSDirect

Go to the GPSDirect download and download the evaluation. Run the exe file and you will find a screen that looks like this

GPS Complete install screen
GPS Complete install screen

Install the GPSDirect Driver. You will be presented with an options screen, choose your COM port and set it up like this

GPSDirect Options Menu
GPSDirect Options Menu

Try Microsoft Maps

You should now be able to use Microsoft Maps, which comes with Windows 10.

Microsoft Maps comes with Windows 10
Microsoft Maps comes with Windows 10