GPS to fail, better get out those paper maps this weekend

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 14:21
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Us traditionalists look like we'll have our day

GPS to fail

It's probaly because there's too many people using them!!!
You were warned.


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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 14:28

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 14:28
Chuckle

Hey troppo this thread I have to watch.

Paper map fan.

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Reply By: Gramps - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:04

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:04
You can both calm down now

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:49

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:49
Oh!!! And I was just starting to have some fun.

If you read the reference you will see its just a maybe. Well thats one way of putting it. I saw that before and was hoping to stir things up a bit. Of course in the nicest way.

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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:22

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:22
Wow,

Just think about it!

Jet Fighter Aces travelling at the sound of speed with a paper map on their knee.

Hope the navy issues submarine commanders with waterproof laminated maps.



Nah! Not going to happen - just another myth.

Therre will be all the satellites you need.


Ian
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Follow Up By: Cruiser .- Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:24

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:24
Ian,

"Just think about it!

Jet Fighter Aces travelling at the sound of speed with a paper map on their knee. "

From the day the first aircraft went supersonic up until the invention of the GPS, thats exactly what fighter jocks did.

I guess if they had to go back to that then they would have to BUT I don't think the USAF will let that happen.

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Cruiser
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:31

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:31
USAF will have it's bum suitable kicked and will launch satellites post haste. Too many of their own systems rely on them to let the system fail.
Anyway, will be a few years before anything bad would happen.
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Reply By: Flywest - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:30

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:30
Who cares?

It says on the box (that your gps comes in) and it's operating literature, that GPS should ONLY EVER be used as a BACKUP.

It should ONLY conform what you already know.

Quite simple GPS should NEVER be your soul source of navigation.

If your using it that way and can't get bye without then you need to take a good look at yourselves as drivers / navigators.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dick (Int) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:56

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:56
So very true, but sadly there are lots of the people crossing remote area's relying totally on their GPS. If it fails some probably don't even have a map and a compass with them, and even if they do it is doubtful they know how to use them.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:49

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 19:49
When I was young man doing mapping and survey work with the RAAF in very remote areas to our north we were supplied with a new and wonderful system for finding locations by satellite.

it required 3 satellites to get a fix on our location, I think there were a total 9 satellites up at the time to cover the whole world.

Sometimes we would have to wait several hours to get a good fix on our location.

Amazing how quickly times change.

PS I saw my first digital camera in 1980 still working with the RAAF.

It belonged to the US army and we had to sign the official secrets act to get to play with it.

It was a bit more advanced than this one:

http://www.retrothing.com/2008/05/kodaks-first-di.html
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:20

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:20
During the first Gulf War (in the 90's) the Yanks use to turn them off to the normal public. Was great cruising along in the middle of the night on a fast fly bridge cruiser and all of a sudden the GPS would go down. It was a good idea to mark your position on the chart more frequently and of course use normal navigating equipment like we were taught to.
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