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  • how many satalittes do most of you connect to?

    hey, i was just wondering how many satalites you guys are able to connect to,

    Here in the suburbs of chicago, my garmin 16a connects to only 7 of 12 satalites. Although it gives me precise directions using iguidance v2.0, is there a way to get more connections for greater accuracy.
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    I was driving on the freeway today and I just stuck my earthmate inbetween my windshield and my dash. I got 8 sats
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    • #3
      I get an absolute max of 6 in my driveway and thats with the reciever outside of the car pointed straight up

      In the car I get 5


      I really dont know why I get so few but I figure if I can get at least 5 Im fine (minimum for a good fix is 3).
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      • #4
        Originally posted by aoLhaTer
        I get an absolute max of 6 in my driveway and thats with the reciever outside of the car pointed straight up

        In the car I get 5


        I really dont know why I get so few but I figure if I can get at least 5 Im fine (minimum for a good fix is 3).
        Three will only give you a 2D accuracy of about 25-50 metres depending on how the satellites are visible at that time. If all 3 are in broadly the same direction then accuracy falls way off to as much as 500 metres. For the most accurate fix you need 5 satellites from as many directions as possible.

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        • #5
          10 satellites..... down here im miami beach
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          • #6
            Just returned from a 4000km trip. 90% of the trip... I was connected to 8 of 10 satellites. Sometimes a full complement, never less than 6.

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            • #7
              I normally sit around 8 sats

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              • #8
                A lot more with the car GPS than the handheld... handheld I get 4-5, USB in-car I get 7-9.
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                • #9
                  garmin oem GPS, 11 to 12 almost all of the time
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                  • #10
                    one time i had 12 :-D usualy its like 8 to 10

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                    • #11
                      Earthmate under rear shelf = usually 5 to 7 all the time even under trees.
                      Garmin 15L oem w/antenna on top of shelf = 9 to 12 except under trees, the < 3.
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                      • #12
                        Under my dash behind driver's cluster gauge 5-8
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                        • #13
                          Garmin 15H here and norm is 10 with 8 being low and 12 being somewhat common too.

                          But like wi77iam, under tree's its <3, actually, mine just drops the signal. still haven't looked into that issue. Seems to be sensative to interference.
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                          • #14
                            what antenna are you using?
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                            • #15
                              I think anything more than 2 means you're doing pretty well. It takes 3 satellites to get a horizontal FIX as well as a vertical one. I typically get about 4 or 5 satellites on average. I rarely get fewer than 3 though; and I've seen quite a few simultaneously.
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