It’s frustrating when you prepare your outdoor activity in advance and you find yourself outside and your GPS device loses its signal, or even worse, start without a position and our journey is not saved. Here we have a list of things to keep in mind when trying to get the best reception for our GPS device.
1 – Find an open area outdoors
A basic thing to remember when trying to locate a good signal for our GPS is to find an open area outdoors with any buildings or natural obstacles that could hinder reception.
2 – Maintain the device upright and do not cover the aerial
The GPS device receives the signal through an aerial located in the upper part of the unit. Therefore it is important to hold the device upright, not to cover the GPS aerial with anything and try not having any objects (especially metallic) near the aerial.
3 – Energy saving functions can disrupt signal reception
We must also appreciate that many users use their GPS device in power saving mode to lengthen battery life. If using the device in one of these functions we must take into account that some of these power modes (‘Main Menu> Settings> Complete configuration> Autonomy> Power Mode’) intermittently interrupt signal reception to save battery use (the “Survival” mode and “Low consumption”) meaning that the device can show an inaccurate reading. Before using these power saving modes we must consider whether we need more accuracy in the signal or longer battery life.
*Only compatible with TwoNav Sportiva2 / TwoNav Sportiva2+ / TwoNav Ultra / TwoNav Anima.
4 – Activate our GPS device or Smartphone
The last thing to consider is our GPS device or Smartphone activated? All TwoNav devices activate signal reception when activated, but in case of signal lose it is best to check the device as it can be deactivated. If this is the case simply reactivating the device will reactivate signal reception. Also in the case of using a Smartphone to navigate we must activate the GPS device mode
*In any TwoNav device we can see the signal reception en the “Satellites” window (‘Menu principal > State >Satellites’).
5 – Other Factors
• Drastic change location
Another factor that could hinder the signal reception of our GPS is a drastic change in user location. If you usually use your device in a particular place and you move away from that site to a new location, our GPS may have trouble finding the signal you regularly use.
• Adverse Weather Conditions
It is not a crucial factor but may be an aspect that reduces the signal reception of our device, so we must remember that either stormy days or dense cloud cover can hamper your GPS signal reception.
These tips you should help you to find the way to recover the signal in our GPS and enjoy any outdoor activity.
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