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GPS hack responsible for US drone capture in IRAQ

GPS signals were spoofed with false coordinates and our drone happily landed where they wanted it to.


Easiest Way to get Lattitude and Longitude from Google Maps

1. Browse to Google Maps and include the place you want coordinates for

2. Right-click on the exact spot on the map you want the lat & long for and select "What's Here"

The page title and the search box will change to that location's latitude and longitude.

That's it! smile

Re-CAL-culating... "Some people will believe anything they read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

In case you missed it.


If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Using CSV files

Can you use CSV files with garmin? If so, how. My POI Loader doesn't recognize them.

Drone hijacked by GPS hack

Always on the Road Knowing where I've Been

"LightSquared Is Doomed"

First Android Dedicated GPS Unit

I guess this should not go in the smartphone forum since it is Android but does not have a phone. The website has lots of "Coming soon" and "Check this space for more information" so it looks a ways from full production.


"First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

NTSB & cell phone

has everyone seen the news - NTSB wants all states to ban all use of cell phones in cars.

Next-generation GPS satellite inches closer to space

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

looking for locations of dolphin statues

Is there a POI for the dolphin staues (Virginia Beach) and mermaid statues (Norfolk)?

Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

Contributors of the Week 2011-12-05

This week we are recognizing deere478. Deere478 is a newcomer on the site who's jumped right in and adopted the Tractor Supply & Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches files, which were both in need of some love. He's also been busy posting in the forums this week and has been good about sharing his troubleshooting results with the community.

Welcome and thank you deere478!

Jonathan (aka JM)

Chit Chat Thread for the week of December 12th, 2011

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.


Mapsource and Basecamp

I currently use Mapsource for trip planning and routing. I read some time ago that has been phased out by Garmin. I am assuming that Basecamp is the replacement. I got Mapsource with a GPS that I purchased back in 2003 and I like the program. Is Basecamp a better replacement? Would it be to my advantage to switch to Basecamp now?


LightSquared test interferes with 75% of tested GPS units


From the article:

According to a draft of the report obtained by Boomberg News, LightSquared's signals "caused harmful interference to majority [sic] of GPS receivers tested. No additional testing is required to confirm harmful interference exists."

Garmin MapSource And/Or Base Camp On A Portable USB Flash Drive

I know that jump drives are pretty reasonable priced now and I am just wondering if anybody here has installed Garmin MapSource and/or Garmin Base Camp on a portable USB flash drive? I was thinking that when I travel, it might be handy to be able to just install that on a hotel computer if I just want to look at a map quick.

Looking for some first-hand GPS / digital map stories

I spoke with a writer today who's working on a piece about GPS and digital maps. She'd like to speak with a few people who have interesting personal stories that she can use in her article.

If we're lucky, our community might get a little publicity as a result. smile

Contributors of the Week 2011-11-28

This week we are recognizing shrifty. In addition to being a helpful regular in the forums, he maintains a "shapely" collection of files that are particuarly popular with some of our guy visitors.

Thank you shrifty!

Jonathan (aka JM)

LightSquared Update -- FAA summary

Here's a presentation given by the FAA on November 17, 2011 on the LightSquared issue:


Some summary comments from the June 2011 NPEF assessment:

Nuvi 2460, 680, DATUM Tymserve 2100, Trimble Thunderbolt, Ham radio, Macintosh, Linux, Windows