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The 8 BEST ways to improve the accuracy of YOUR GPS

The 8 BEST ways to improve the accuracy of YOUR GPS

By  GB Blog Official 2018-07-03 21238 2

GPS devices are amazing for their accuracy, however a few simple steps can significantly improve the precision of any GPS receiver.

1. A clear path to the satellites

In a vehicle, the best place for the GPS will be under the front window where the GPS will get a clear, unobstructed line to the sky above. This helps the GPS receiver to get a better signal.

2. Stay away from obstructions

Keep away from trees, buildings, and other natural or man-made obstructions. These can block or disrupt signals, leading to reflected signals that degrade the accuracy of the GPS data.

3. Keep the battery charged

This gives better GPS performance and also helps to find and lock on to better signal.

4. Choose the latest hardware

Newer GPS chipsets achieve a lock faster, and also achieve a more accurate signal than older hardware.

5. Use an antenna

There are two types of antennas: patch and quadrifilar helix.

A patch antenna is built into the device and the other one is external. Choose the one that fits your GPS.

Hold the GPS receiver in a position so the GPS antenna is facing away from all obstructions.

6. Holding position

Holding the GPS unit at shoulder height can dramatically improve your position resolving ability.

7. Power Saving modes

Check your GPS unit's settings. Ensure you are not in either a "Battery Saver" or "Power Saving" mode.

These modes tell the unit to look for a GPS fixes less often and disabling them can improve your real time positioning ability.

8. Maps help you locate accurately

Many GPS units have the ability to display a map on their screen. Your ability to read that map accurately can help you get a fix on your position even when the signal is not strong.

If the map shows photography, look for a defining geographical feature (such as a peak or saddle) to help fix your position.

We hope you'll find yourself with better GPS signal strength and improved position accuracy through these tips.

 You may also want to read:
 The EASY way to get GPS navigation on YOUR smartphone
 WHY GPS can't get on well with your iPhone?


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