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GPS Navigation

September 1, 2008 by RV Today Archive · 6 Comments  
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GPS NavigationDo we love GPS? Yes we do! GPS for the most part is new to the masses and now a necessity to most Americans. GPS was developed by the United States Department of Defense to aid in mapping and giving a precise location of troops deployed in the field. This new technology was a staple of the Army, Navy, Air force and Marines, and it eliminated the guessing game of where in the world are my troops. With this new technology they found they could mobilize their troops and have a coordinated timed response to any situation. Then in 1983 following the shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Ronald Reagan issued a directive making the system available for free for civilian use as a common good. The GPS system is a constellation of at least 24 Medium Earth Orbit satellites that transmit precise microwave signals, the system enables a GPS receiver to determine its location, speed, direction. You will find GPS devices every were, rental car companies now include them in their cars, they are showing up in boats, Mass transit vehicles, Police department vehicles and even in Cell phones.

GPS has become a widely used aid to navigation worldwide, and a useful tool for map-making, land surveying, commerce, scientific uses, and hobbies such as geocaching. GPS also provides a precise time reference used in many applications including scientific study of earthquakes, and synchronization of telecommunications networks. As for me the writer of this article I have fallen in love with GPS I found I cannot live without it when I travel to new cities in the US. I have used the GPS as a way of locating places’ to eat and to find my wife when she just had to go look at some stores at the other end of town. So as you can see the GPS is very helpful and if you buy a Garmen or Tom Tom they will even tell you when to turn and if you miss a turn it will redirect you to get back to the street you missed. Some of the new GPS’s you can just say to them “Home” or “Star bucks” and it will say to you “turn left up a head on to 12th street” and if you miss the turn it will say “turn around make a right onto 12th street” it is just great you will never get lost again!

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6 Responses to “GPS Navigation”

  1. Peyton Yon on December 26th, 2008 3:57 pm

    IPHONE users will love this new Geocaching Application for there 3G Iphone.

    WOW.. What a great application it downloads all the caches into the phone and then offers complete details on each cache.

    http://www.geocaching.com/iphone/ (for complete details)
    or goto the Apple.com

  2. Brad Fuller on January 25th, 2010 10:30 pm

    I used GPS while flying the Boeing 777. It was extremely accurate to the point you can fly a precision approach with only the GPS. I just recently broke down and bought a Garmin GPS. I am very impressed with how accurate it is. We made a trip out to the Hill Country and I used it for the first time. It is one of those things that you can’t miss if you’ve never had one. Now that I have one, it would be hard to do without.

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