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Takes 30 minutes to locate satellites to begin navigation

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  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    this same thing happens to me. worked perfectly for a year, now for the past two years i'm lucky if i get any signals at all. i'm turning it on outside an hour before i leave for any sort of trip. it's ridiculous, and google has very few answers.

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Hello sassysdad,

In order to achieve a location lock your GPS receiver must receive complete reports from at least four Global Positioning Satellites. If you are standing still in an area with a relatively clear view of the sky, this should happen fairly quicky. However, if you are operating your GPS indoors, in a vehicle, or in an area with obstructions that block the line of sight between the receiver and the sky or if you are moving, it makes it more likely that the receiver will be unable to receive these signals or that part of the signals may be garbled or missed. In these cases it can take some time for the GPS receiver to aquire all the satellite data it needs.

Newer GPS receivers are much less susceptible to this issue, but it can still occur depending on how and where you are operating.

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