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If you've ever wondered what goes on inside a GPS receiver, here's a superb writeup by a guy who built his own:


It doesn't matter if you know the difference between a Costas loop and a bang-bang discriminator; it's well written and will give you a good idea of what's going on.


2008 Mini Cooper S, Nuvi 2460, 680, DATUM Tymserve 2100, Trimble Thunderbolt, Ham radio, Macintosh, Linux, Windows

too many GPS

Hi everyone, Happy thanksgiving. I have a question. There are so many GPS models even in the same company. How do you pick one? I have seen them priced from 54 dollars to over 300 dollars, I understand that, but even in the mid price range, there are so many to chose from. Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all >>>

hope yours is a safe and healthy Holiday!


"You can't get there from here"

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives north of the border

Good news for fans of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives north of the border.

Just finished watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode and Guy Fieri went to Vancouver, B.C. for the first shoot north of the border.

Today was the first location at Jethro's Fine Grub
3420 Dunbar St.

He visited six other locations while in Vancouver and will be shown on future episodes.

Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7

Inmternal Traffic Receiver


Does anyone know of a current GPS unit that has an internal traffic receiver?

All that I have seen lately have an FM receiver in the charger cable. To get traffic with this type of unit, you must be plugged in to a power source. I'm looking for a GPS with traffic that can be used for traffic reports even when on battery. Anyone know of a unit like this?

Contributors of the Week 2011-11-14

This week we are recognizing glwilbert (aka Microchip). He’s been very helpful with red light camera reports all around the Dallas – Ft. Worth area, where he drives a big rig truck. He also maintains the “Weigh Stations – USA” POI file and appears from time-to-time in the discussion forums.

Thank you glwilbert!

Jonathan (aka JM)

Why Cops Have Camera's


Here is a video on why cops use camera's It is quite funny.

johnm405 660 & MSS&T

Chit Chat Thread for the week of November 21th, 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.


Looking for any GPS info on Legoland Fla.

Looking for info on hotels close by, restroom locations, Etc. Pretty much anything compared to the Disney GPS files.

Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

don't keep valuables in the car

This is a very interesting article: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/11/...

Basically a gang of people walking through neighborhoods looking for open cars, stealing anything of value.

Many people take their vehicle security for granted, and are lazy to ensure all valuables are out of the car every day.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/21626 - red light cameras do not work

Settings for In - Flight Use

I just got back from a DC to LA round trip, and used my 3490 for every mile above 10,000 feet.

This is approved by United. And I used it in plain view of the crew. Sat in 8A on a 757 - a very visible position. No one cared at all.

Some settings I used, that may help:

- I set the navigation to 'off-road'

- I use the Garmin Garage 'Jet' icon

- Driving Map View 'North Up'

Recording GPS Voices

I debated whether or not this should go in the Jokes Thread, or in the TomTom forum, and decided to split the difference smile

There is an entertaining video that purports to be the recording session for Bert and Ernie's TomTom GPS voices. It can be found at:


XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 500

Vestavia Hills, AL Considering Red Light Cameras

Despite some residents' concerns over red light cameras as "big government" and "an encroachment on our personal rights", the city council of Vestavia Hills, AL " voted 4-1 to authorize the mayor to contract with Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems to study traffic patterns at various intersections to determine if they warrant electronic cameras."

Garmin nüvi 255LMT & 3760LMT - "Those who wish for fairness without first protecting freedom will end up with neither freedom nor fairness." - Milton Friedman

Opting out of Google Location-Based Services

I found this interesting info. We can opt out of Google location base service by appending "_nomap" (without double quotes) to our WiFi SSID. So if our SSID is called MyCoolWiFi, it becomes MyCoolWiFi_nomap.

The next time our wireless device (eg: an Android phone) sends info about the WiFi access point to Google location server, Google will remove our access point from their database.

Contributors of the Week 2011-11-07

This week we are recognizing alandb. Alandb took the time to do a thorough write-up of the technique he used to install map updates directly to SD card for his 755T. After many trials, he found an approach that worked and was nice enough to share his solution with the whole community.

Thank you alandb!

Jonathan (aka JM)

Chit Chat Thread for the week of November 14th, 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.


Miss POI checking in:)

Boy have I missed you guys!!!

I hope everyone is well. I am loving my new job very much.

I finished training a few weeks ago and am now on my team. I am doing tech support for the Navy Internet system NMCI. I get to talk to our great men and woman that serve our country.

New Russian Photo Radar Coming

Question about New posts.... Sometimes I see them with red NEW, sometimes not...

Sometimes I see new posts in a thread highlighted with a Red "NEW", and other times not....

Take for example, the "NA 2012.30 is available" thread... I see there are 12 new posts... but today I don't see the red "NEW" indicator on the last 12 posts on page 2.

2689LMT That I'm still learning... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

Veterans Day Nov 11, 2011

Now is the time to pause and reflect upon how our military veterans have served and sacrificed in order to preserve our freedom and attain freedom for those in many other parts of the world. And don’t forget the sacrifices of their families! Thank you, veterans and families!

Stay Safe, Sane, Sober & Solvent!
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