Reason for GPS problems found!

Ole Kliemann ole-om-community-2008 at
Wed Jul 16 23:03:23 CEST 2008

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 12:42:07PM +0200, thomasg wrote:
> Hi ppl,
> I write this to community, not to devel or owners because everyone should
> know:
> *sbeh*, one of the people in #neo1973-germany IRC-channel found the reason
> for the GPS problems.
> The problem only occurs if a SD card is set in. Doesn't matter if it's
> mounted or in use, it just has to sit in the socket.
> The TTFF went from no fix at all to TTFF 120 seconds indoor(!!!), and about
> 40 seconds outdoor.
> Two other people could verify this with about the same results.
> We'll do more tests later, but for now we surely know what's causing the
> problem (and it seems to be a EMC problem).
> First results show at the same devices, even outdoor, that there is no fix
> in over 400 seconds with SD card, the signal seems to be at least 10 to 20
> dB worse (so bad, that most satellites don't even appear).
> Testresults from other people appreciated.
> thomasg

Unfortunately I cannot confirm this for my FR. Without SD I do not see a
single satellite on internal antenna. Same spot with external antenna I
have TTFS 55s.
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