1) if you have a uint boxed as an object in c# you have to cast it to an int before casting it to a uint or you will get an invalid cast exception
uint i = (uint)(int)obj;
2) NMEA sentences I previously thought were of the form GPGGA can in fact be xxGGA - the first two letters can be anything. Basically the sentence is aaccc where "aa" is the "speaker" and "ccc" is the sentence type.
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