Unusual email re Oziexplorer

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 07:32
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I received this in my inbox. Appears to be genuine? (Why do I distrust African emails ?) Anyone got any ideas how to fix his problem ? TIA
"Hi,

I need your help if possible. We are a company dealing with Vehicle Telematics. Recently we scanned a map of Uganda and calibrated it using Ozi Explorer version 3.90.3f. I used nine point calibration of the map, Longitude/Latitude Map Projection and when I tried to replay tracks that passes through the equator to the southern hemisphere, it doesnt go past the Equator. Instead the track shoots up to the northen Hemisphere.

Kindly assist in this, because we do vehicle tracking using Ozi Explorer and we are not able to see vehicle tracks below the equator (Southern Hemisphere)

Kind regards

Maurice Oduor
Systems Admin (Telematics)
Victoria Motors Ltd
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: + 256 71 327239"
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 07:45

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 07:45
Had a quick think and perhaps its because they have calibrated all their maps in northern hemisphere co ordinates ??
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:02

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:02
I wonder if they are referring to what I have observed and that is when the connection between the GPS and computer is transiently interrupted the track shoots across to the Greenwich Meridian or Equator. I have noticed this on bumpy roads when the contacts in the GPS mount were not firmly pressed against the contacts on the back of the GPS. I fixed this by adjusting the spring contacts on the GPS mount.

In my experience the aberrant track shoots either west or north. If the observer were in the northern hemisphere the trac k would shoot to the west or south with such interuptions to data flow.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:06

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:06
Actually, on re-reading I think they are experiencing a reflection of the track when they cross the equator. Re direct them to the OziExp forum.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:08

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:08
Thanks for that Bob. I've already redirected them. By the way I have no idea why they wrote to me. Perhaps they did a Google search and came up with my post on using retro technology :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:54

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:54
perhaps a way of getting you talking and confirming it is a valid email pefor hitting you up for a scam. Is pretty bizzare though - keep us posted
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:41

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:41
Bob I have had that same situation occur with Magellan Discover Aus, for no apparent reason I suddenly get this track line that heads North, South, East or West, You think its a contact issue ?
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 17:26

Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 17:26
John,
I think so. It improved when I made the contacts firmer.
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