A couple antenna issues

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MacFern

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I am getting \"Waiting for GPS Antenna\" message on my Garmin GPSMAP 2006 - ended up waiting all day. I checked the wiring from the antenna the best I could considering my complete lack of electrical/technical knowledge. I really don't see how anything could get screwed up inside the compartment that houses all the wiring (2320). So I was hoping there was a simple way to troubleshoot, at least the basics before I pay for repairs.

Also, I forgot to lower my VHF antenna and now it's about 12\" shorter. Any chance that can be repaired?

I figure I am screwed on both issues, but can't hurt to ask - Thanks for any advise.
 

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I'm not certain about the Garmin GPSMap 2006, but I do know that with my 2010 that the mushroom isn't just the GPS antenna... it is the GPS too.
The GPS is self-contained inside that mushroom. Not certain if there is a way to test it though.

As for the antenna... It'll have to be replaced. There is no reliable way to repair them.
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The 2006 antenna is has a fuse on it's power wire. this may be your problem. The antenna is actually a GPS receiver and antenna combined, thus it is powered. Check the fuse before you replace.
Jake
 

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Some GPS units require giving them an initial location. At least mine did at start up. If the boat is moved a long distance from when it was on last, it may have a problem figuring out where it is. When I pulled my boat 400 miles from where I normally fish it would not work until I put in an approximate location where the unit was then. Don't know if this is the problem, but it may be something to try.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I worked with the Garmin tecks over the phone and was able to determine the cause. Ended up replacing the little mushroom antenna and it seems to working fine now.
 
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