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Digital GPS?

Post by crash » Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:09 am

I heard a rumor last night from a buddy about all the analog GPS systems being obsoleted next year because the signal is going to be shut off. He said that all older GPSs will simply not work anymore. Does anybody know what this guy is talking about?

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Post by BHenry » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:26 am

Perhaps he was confusing the GPS system with analog broadcast TV? All of those transmitters will be shutdown on February 17th, 2009.
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Post by crash » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:32 am

Yeah, I knew about that. Maybe you're right. He may have confused them.

I also understand from reading FCC documents a couple years back that all the garage door openers will have to be changed if one wants them to be relatively secure. Seems the military is taking over that band and their activities may inadvertantly cause peoples garage doors to open and close without the owners consent. :lol: I already switched mine about a year ago. Cost me about $100.

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Post by jhitesma » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:43 am

There is a new military only signal being added to GPS for even greater accuracy....but I've heard and found nothing about any existing signals being disabled.

I'm also fairly certain that GPS is already a digital signal - given the other specifics I'm aware of about it's operating frequency and the data it would make sense.

As for garage door openers...they've never been "secure" IMHO. In high school a friend and I bought one of those "Universal" ones and then ripped off the code switches...wired it to a computer...push one button and within about half an hour it would try every code possible. That sure upset my neighbors when we tested it :D

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Post by crash » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:52 am

Yes. You will notice I used the term "relatively". :D I got one of the new 20,000,000 floating code models for "criminals" like you! :lol:

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Post by Glamisbound » Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:10 pm

I'm no techno geek like you guys but he might have been referring to the annalog wireless On-Star system, which is becoming obsolete as of '08. That should piss of plenty of people who bought GM products and were never told, including me, that the entire annalog On-Star system is shutting down.
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Post by crash » Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:11 am

That's probably it GB. We were looking at a car with GPS built in when he was saying that. I know he owns GM vehicles.

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