The module has a built-in GPS antenna and also the Skylab SKM53 chip.
The moment when I tried to plug the module on a breadboard, I realised that the pitch of the pins is not of regular size, its 2mm instead of the standard 2.54mm that we all get used to. Bummer. (Pitch is the distance between each pins, the standard distance is 0.1 inch which also translates to 2.54mm)
I had to make a PCB that will convert it into the standard 2.54mm pitch.
Without a laser printer, I had to trace the PCB on a transparency sheet.
As usual, I’m using the photoresist method.
Applying some minor corrections before etching the board.
Had to draw some dots to guide my drilling process.
The final product.
I’ll admit that it’s not the best soldering work. Just wanted to get it up and running.
I modified a sketch that I found online to display the GPS data on an LCD.
The sketch requires two libraries :
1. SoftwareSerial (included in Arduino 1.0 and above)
The GPS module takes around a minute to get a lock on the location. The LCD will then display the latitude and longtitude of the current location.
To find out where the corresponding latitude and longtitude is, you can enter it into the search bar of http://maps.google.com in the form of latitude,longtitude.