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  • how long does it take you guys to get sat lock w/copilot?

    I have a copilot receiver, and sometimes it takes a few minutes to lock onto satellites.
    I have the reciever under the dash, and i believe that it killed the signal just a bit.

    Can I stick it to the windshield? does it need to be parallel to the road?
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    Re: how long does it take you guys to get sat lock w/copilot?

    Originally posted by 00CericaRuss
    I have a copilot receiver, and sometimes it takes a few minutes to lock onto satellites.
    I have the reciever under the dash, and i believe that it killed the signal just a bit.

    Can I stick it to the windshield? does it need to be parallel to the road?
    I admit Copilot receiver sucks. sometimes It takes a few seconds to lock on a good day. Sometimes it takes 4 hours to lock. My Garmin GPS16 takes a few seconds to lock even on a cloudy day or rainny day. I too have both receivers under the dashcap. I wish someone would build a converter for the CP software to accept other receivers.
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      i guess it's not just me then..
      yeah.. sometimes seconds, sometimes minutes, sometimes 1/2 hour, by that point i usually give up..

      you think it makes a difference if the receiver is at an angle?
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      • #4
        yeah the last couple of weeks have been pretty crappy, maybe they are using the satillites for the war....anyway I am using copilot with a Rand Mcnally, I'm glad that I'm am not the only one with the problem, I thought I needed to get a new reciever.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by bosstone74
          yeah the last couple of weeks have been pretty crappy, maybe they are using the satillites for the war....anyway I am using copilot with a Rand Mcnally, I'm glad that I'm am not the only one with the problem, I thought I needed to get a new reciever.
          Good point. I don't remember anyone saying anything this time but in previous conflicts it was known that gps acuracy went from several feet to several miles.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DustinR
            Good point. I don't remember anyone saying anything this time but in previous conflicts it was known that gps acuracy went from several feet to several miles.

            -Dustin
            Thats because the us government had selective availibility turned on until the other year, which added artificial unaccuricies into the gps signals for those without us military recievers.
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            • #7
              They have the ability to do that for certain regions, US isn't turned on.

              I have had zero problems with my copilot and it locks in under a minute usually all the time.

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              • #8
                i wouldnt trust a civilian GPS signal anywhere near the middle east right now. as for the US, they are totally different satalites, so i think we are fine here
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