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Old 06-06-2010, 01:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hmm GPS is enabled by US satellites - correct?

But GPS "Location Aiding" is enabled by local towers...

Anyway - my GPS worked perfectly in all Southeast Asian countires - except when I got to Vietnam (communist state - things like facebook are blocked...)

and my GPS was showing by to be 300 miles away!!!

I disabled GPS Location Aiding - to no avail

now when I got to China my location is off by exactly 500 feet - South East all the time

(all of this is in Google Maps (latest (v.4.2.0))

So I have another blackberry with my 8900 and I set GPS Data Source to "8900" but got exactly the same reading

I tried various things... to no avail...

Hmm what could it be? anything I can try?

I guess the thing to try would be a pure regular GPS receiver with bluetooth output... and see what's up...

Or maybe I will get a confirmation that this is OK for Vietnam, China...

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The US GPS system works but not in all countries the same.

Selective Availability (SA) is an intentional degradation of the signal once imposed by the U.S. Department of Defense. although no longer in the US I would suspect it still has some degradation over certain countries for Civilian receivers.


GPS satellites transmit two low power radio signals, designated L1 and L2. Civilian GPS uses the L1 frequency of 1575.42 MHz in the UHF band. The signals travel by line of sight, meaning they will pass through clouds, glass and plastic but will not go through most solid objects such as buildings and mountains.

A GPS signal contains three different bits of information - a pseudorandom code, ephemeris data and almanac data. The pseudorandom code is simply an I.D. code that identifies which satellite is transmitting information. You can view this number on your GPS unit's satellite page, as it identifies which satellites it's receiving.


Ephemeris data, which is constantly transmitted by each satellite, contains important information about the status of the satellite (healthy or unhealthy), current date and time. This part of the signal is essential for determining a position.

The almanac data tells the GPS receiver where each GPS satellite should be at any time throughout the day. Each satellite transmits almanac data showing the orbital information for that satellite and for every other satellite in the system.
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hmm interesting
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hmm still in China and it's off by exact same distance all the time, everywhere - I wish I could calibrate it or something...
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