The internal on-chip logging capability of GPS-10920 (SparkFun Venus GPS Logger - SMA Connector) only records the receiver information (position, etc.), no detailed satellite information. So I can use the simpler GPS-11058 (SparkFun Venus GPS with SMA Connector) instead. Another option of GPS module with pins broken out is GPS-10922 (Copernicus II DIP). Other stand-alone modules listed in the GPS Buying Guide seem more complicated. I also prefer external GPS antennas.
The Venus supports external logging using a SPI flash memory chip, but I couldn't find any such part for purchase.
It seems the easiest thing to do is to connect the GPS to a DEV-09530 (OpenLog).
The https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/169 GPS Tracking Comparisons has a clear diagram:
So other than the battery and antenna (& cable adapter), do I need to purchase anything else?
Is an Arduino ever mandatory for GPS NMEA logging?
Is it correct to say KIT-13199 (GPS Shield Kit) is only indicated if I wanted to manipulate the GPS data, rather than just logging it?
Thanks for any tips.