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GPS Reception problem

For all who are using GPS, how bad weather has to be to kill
the signal from satellite to your car GPS?
Last Thursday I got my Garmin C320, and weather was all good, but yesterday,
I could not get a signal all day long. I noticed little bit of clouds, and my
GPS wont work. Today I was coming home, and the sky was getting cloudy,
I had to wait a while to get a signal.
I think something wrong with my Garmin. What you guys thing.

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Strange, my Garmin i2 brought me all the way to TN in some really shitty rainstorms. But when indoors it doesn't get a signal at all.

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so looks like something wrong is with this one. I remember my friend had TOMTOM 300, and we where in the car in very crazy storm, and his gps worked fine too.

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They should work fine unless you drive your car into a lake. Basically if you can see the sky, the signal should be fine.
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Was the unit in the clear or was it underneath a windshield/windscreen that had a fine micro-mesh metal netting in it?

There are known problems with IPasses and GPS in certain vehicles (GM minivans {montana/Venture/etc}) that have that particular micro-mesh windshield.

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That unit was mounted in a Toyota Matrix, on the bottom of the windshield.
In the middle of Saturday I took that GPS and put it on the yard table.
Same shit could not get the signal, the took it for a spin.
Signal was very weak, GPS was loosing signal every couple hundred yards.
I think that GPS got f-up. I will call Garmin tomorrow and ask them whats up.
They have 1 year warranty, so no worries.

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My garmin was acting up a few weekends ago. I was trying to set up my uncles satelite dish and could not catch a bearing to save my life. no matter which way i moved it the readings just sat in the same postion




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Did you have the unit off and then drove or rode a couple hundred miles? It will take a long time to re-aquire a signal. Mine, Saturday took longer than usually to lock in Saturday....but I had tried loading a pirated version on City Navigator V7 on it...only had one disc , I think it should have 2...at least version 5 did.

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Unit was off, put it in the car, turn it on, and nothing.
From Des Plaines to Chicago not even a bar.
At noon, put that thing on yard table. Sky was mixed with blue and clouds,
I think was clear to aquire good signal. But nothing.
I have V6 of maps (2 cd's), and waiting for V7.
V7 is one disc - DVD.
When will be here stop by we will load thos to your unit.

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I call Garmin this morning, and they said definitely
something is wrong with that unit.
Should pick up signal no matter what kind of weather we have.
Unit is on the way to Garmin for check up.

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Remember you can also get an external antenna for your unit too. Lets you mount your gps where its convienent instead of where it can see the sky.
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I call Garmin this morning, and they said definitely
something is wrong with that unit.
Should pick up signal no matter what kind of weather we have.
Unit is on the way to Garmin for check up.
Sounds right. The Quest 2 will lose signal in tunnels (obviously) and sometimes while downtown (interference/skyscrapers?). Otherwise, immune to weather.

Get a new one, and get the latest maps .
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GPS will not always work if you can see a clear sky. You need to see atleast 3-4 satellites for your receiver to calculate a position fix. The farther the satellites are away from eachother the better. As in if you have 3 satellites all right above you it is impossible to triangulate an accurate position. if you have three satellites all on the horizon then you can calculate a very accurate position. That is why in urban canyons like the city with skyscrapers, or if you are in a back yard with alot of trees, if you turn on gps there you most likely won't get a position fix. The first fix when the unit turns on is the most important fix. Most GPS technology does a delta from the first fix therefore it doesn't need as many satellites to keep tracking its location. Keep these things in mind when evaluating your gps receiver. Alot of people thing gps should work everywhere but that is FAR from the case.


Also remember that GPS is controlled by the US government. They can play with signals and shut off a satellite anytime they want.

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Update - I got Brand New unit from Garmin.
Something was not wright with the old one.
New one is working fine, no problem connecting with satellite,
no matter what weather we have.
Garmin has awesome customer service A+.

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I have a Magellan RoadMate and only have signal trouble when going along Wells, Lake, and Wabash downtown underneath the L tracks. And it's difficult but not impossible to acquire a "SAT" when in the loop. And impossible on lower wacker.
It gets signal better than my XM Radio though .

For some strange reason there was one particular day like a week and a half ago where there must've been a frickin' sunspot or some 'ish. Cuz getting signal was impossible.

And it sucks I can't use the Roadmate for GeoCaching.
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Map reading, something that you really should learn. Never know when a gps sats go on the fritz one day.

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Map reading, something that you really should learn. Never know when a gps sats go on the fritz one day.

Actually Rob is right....I'm stunned by the number of people who cannot navigate with a map and compass, one of the most important skills the military taught me was navigating with map and compass, I always have a compass with me....always. GPS sats in are controlled to by the US military, they can if they decide "turn off" the signal to civilian GPS's, if they deem it's best for national security. There are other GPS sats for strictly civilian use, but most GPS receivers on the market do receive that signal...yet. Maybe in the near future...GPS receivers will be able to get both the military and civilian signals.

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