TGE-401-3 GPS/Argos module designed for use in oceanographic and meteorological applications. The TGE-401-3 has a GPS antenna input, an Argos antenna output, and a VHF tracking antenna output. The unit can be powered from a single battery or two batteries as required in the application. The TGE-400-3 operates in a similar manner but does not support a VHF tracking beacon.

Key Features

  • Designed for integration into oceanographic and meteorological applications where GPS locations are required.
  • 24 to 48 GPS locations per day can be transmitted and recovered via Argos DCLS.
  • GPS locations can be transmitted in various formats and with user selectable resolution.
  • The user selects the voltage range for the application at time of order and typically provides the power packs for the units.
  • The User can select from various antennas or provide their own antenna solutions
  • The User handles the packaging and housing requirements.
  • All GPS positions are also stored in nonvolatile memory and can be downloaded when the unit is recovered.
  • Telonics Product Programmer (TPP) allows the user to scheduled GPS position attempts to meet requirements.
  • Units can be programmed using TPP. Argos ID codes, repetition rates, duty cycles can be modified by the user to meet user requirements.
  • TPP allows the user to estimate operational life, Argos transmission schedules, and GPS fix schedules to calculate the operational life of your system prior to deployment.
  • Telonics Data Converter (TDC) processes and time stamps GPS positions and provides a .CSV file report for Excel spreadsheet or other data base programs.
  • TDC allows you to plot GPS positions on Google earth.


Configuration Dimensions L x W x H Canister Weight (g) Power Option 1 (mW) Power Option 2 (mW) GPS Argos VHF
TGE-400-3 3.17 x 1.44 x 2.00 in
8.05 x 3.66 x 5.08 cm
258 400 (+26 dBm) mW 500 (+27 dBm) mW  
TGE-401-3 3.17 x 1.44 x 2.00 in
8.05 x 3.66 x 5.08 cm
258 400 (+26 dBm) mW 500 (+27 dBm) mW

Power Supply Voltage Input Options

TGE-400-3: Option 450 Standard 3.0 - 5.5 VDC supply voltage
Option 460 6.0 - 28.0 VDC supply voltage
TGE-401-3: Option 810 Standard 3.0 - 5.5 VDC supply voltage

TGE-400-3 and TGE-401-3 Specifications

TGE-401-3 Connection photo

TGE-401-3 Connection photo - The above photo is an example of the general connections between the TGE-401-3 and accessory components including the power cables, GPS, Argos, and VHF antennas. Note that different antennas may be selected for a given application. Also note that a Y-cable (WI-008388-001) is shown for applications where the VHF transmitter and the GPS-Argos system are powered from a single power supply. To apply independent power sources, remove the Y cable adapter. Note that the same basic connections apply to the TGE-400-3 except the VHF power and antenna connections are not present. No external environmental protection is shown in this example but is required to prevent moisture from penetrating cable connections and some antenna configurations. For questions about providing environmental protection for the completed assembly, please call Telonics to discuss these issues prior to deploying units.


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