Hooking up the GPS chip has (surprise) been more difficult than I thought. Most of the difficulty has been understanding how it works – apparently you need to connect more than just the power, TX, RX, and ground pins. Also, it’s very difficult to solder. I’ve already managed to solder off two of the leads. One of them is a ground lead, which turns out isn’t a big deal since there’s another ground pin on the other side (I confirmed this wasn’t an issue with Inventek, the chip manufacturer). The other one though, is a RESET pin, which the datasheet says (in capital letters no less) need to be pulled high during operation if it’s not otherwise in use. I guess I need to order another chip :( . I’ll keep trying to get it to work, but I don’t expect to see anything other than -1’s when reading the serial monitor from Arduino.
Pictures after the break
Notice, on the left side, pins 10 and 16 look sort of brownish. Yea, those are the leads I soldered off... Be careful when using a soldering iron kids. You might need to buy a whole new GPS chip...
And here's a picture of the whole messy setup as it is currently: