I want to disable the $GPGSV sentences on u-Blox NEO-7M because I have serial buffer overflow on Arduino. I found in the Receiver Discription p.69 and tried sending this:


But the receiver keeps sending the $GPGSV.

  • The manual says the checksum is *5D and not 59. Could this be the reason? Did you try using the software ucenter from uBlox? – Techie_Gus Jun 17 '16 at 12:31
  • Yes, i tried ucenter but did not found anything. I changed values, so the checksum is different. I used this website to calculate the checksum. – MatMis Jun 17 '16 at 12:43
  • I'm afraid I can't be of help to you. It's been a while I haven't fiddled with these things. – Techie_Gus Jun 18 '16 at 14:08

Without knowing much about how you're dealing with the incoming data, but if it's overflowing then its probably because the previous/current data is or has not been dealt with in a timely fashion.

With ublox7's; NEMA sentences are enabled via:


and disabled via:


You have 6 variables after the msgType whereas only 4 are expected. Other modules may require 6.

Checksum is calculated by XOR'ing all characters between the $ and the *, and is a 2 char HEX value.


// test string
const char *msg = "PUBX,40,GSV,0,0,0,0";

// find checksum
int checksum = 0;
for (int i = 0; msg[i]; i++)
    checksum ^= (unsigned char)msg[i];

// convert and create checksum HEX string
char checkTmp[8];
snprintf(checkTmp, sizeof(checkTmp)-1, F("*%.2X"), checksum);

// send to module

and to put this in to something [re]usable:

inline int calculateChecksum (const char *msg)
    int checksum = 0;
    for (int i = 0; msg[i] && i < 32; i++)
        checksum ^= (unsigned char)msg[i];

    return checksum;

INLINE int nemaMsgSend (const char *msg)
    char checksum[8];
    snprintf(checksum, sizeof(checksum)-1, F("*%.2X"), calculateChecksum(msg));

inline int nemaMsgDisable (const char *nema)
    if (strlen(nema) != 3) return 0;

    char tmp[32];
    snprintf(tmp, sizeof(tmp)-1, F("PUBX,40,%s,0,0,0,0"), nema);
    //snprintf(tmp, sizeof(tmp)-1, F("PUBX,40,%s,0,0,0,0,0,0"), nema);

    return 1;

inline int nemaMsgEnable (const char *nema)
    if (strlen(nema) != 3) return 0;

    char tmp[32];
    snprintf(tmp, sizeof(tmp)-1, F("PUBX,40,%s,0,1,0,0"), nema);
    //snprintf(tmp, sizeof(tmp)-1, F("PUBX,40,%s,0,1,0,0,0,0"), nema);

    return 1;

and then to disable a message:


to enable a message:


Hope this helps.


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  • I have an error with your code :s SerialEvent:44: error: cannot convert 'const __FlashStringHelper*' to 'const char*' for argument '3' to 'int snprintf(char*, size_t, const char*, ...)' snprintf(checkTmp, sizeof(checkTmp)-1, F("*%.2X"), checksum); – MatMis Jul 22 '16 at 16:18
  • I got it working when I replaced F("*%.2X") with "*%.2X" but have still no idea how that line of code works – MatMis Jul 22 '16 at 16:59
  • F() is a string macro which instructs the compiler how the string is to be stored, as detailed here: arduino.cc/en/Reference/PROGMEM – Okio Jul 23 '16 at 19:26
  • Just want to point out that I had to use $PUBX,40,msgType,0,0,0,1*checksum to re-enable a msgType (see the location of the 1). Thanks for the great answer! – Daniel F Oct 11 '18 at 12:00

I found that if you use the hardware serial from arduino that you can not configure the receiver with u-center. It works with softwareSerial. If someone knows why, please let me know. :)

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

SoftwareSerial mySerial(10, 11); // RX, TX

void setup() {
  // Open serial communications and wait for port to open:
  while (!Serial) {
    ; // wait for serial port to connect. Needed for native USB port only

  Serial.println("Goodnight moon!");

  // set the data rate for the SoftwareSerial port
  //mySerial.println("Hello, world?");

void loop() { // run over and over
  if (mySerial.available()) {
  if (Serial.available()) {

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