Can my Garmin Geko receive EGNOS signals?
Your Geko WILL pick up EGNOS - just enable WAAS.
You may have to do a full reset though (if you've previously used WAAS).
Full reset: switch it off. Now hold down the OK, Page and Power button. Confirm reset.
Once you have a lock, you'll see the "D"s appears on the sattelite signal strength page.
Many thanks, druidh! I've just completed the process successfully even though I never expect computer-based commands to work.
andThank you Edh and Dave but I have another question.
I've performed the reset and entered the variables of time, datum etc. The 'D's appear in the Advanced Skyview and 'Diff' in the Normal Skyview. If I then switch off the receiver and a few minutes later switch on again, neither the 'D's nor 'Diff' appear on the screen. Is the receiver still EGNOS enabled or has it reverted to WAAS and, if so, how can I tell?
The D's will re-appear once the Geko has re-established a differential signal. This takes longer the further it has been moved while switched off (I don't mean by a few feet - we're talking tens/hundreds of miles). 15 minutes isn't unheard of.
Just to re-iterate:
If you've moved contintent, doing a full reset might help establish the connection quicker as it clears out any "old" satellite data.
TBH - I never bother with WAAS/EGNOS. The signal is often poor in the north (Scotland) and the added accuracy isn't really of any use to me.
I used to think WAAS was great when my GPS used to tell me it was accurate to 3m.....but like druidh I soon realised that the maps were not and that that level of accuracy does not matter to the average walker and probably means batteries don't last as long....
It took my Geko 301 20 minutes or so to realise I had flown to the USA last summer when I powered it up - that unit asks 'have you moved several hundred miles since your last use' or something like that, the Geko 201 does not iirc.
Lithium batteries for thiese units are a good deal in the USA, I usually bring loads back.
Many thanks, druidh, for your patient explanations! I had not appreciated that picking up the EGNOS signals occurs some time after the 'Ready to navigate' message appears on the screen. In effect, it's a two-stage process. I agree with you and Edh that the extra accuracy is unimportant especially as I'm a map and compass man and only carry my receiver when leading walks, and then only as an insurance against litigation should something go wrong. I travel to the US from time to time and am aware that the Geko takes some time to adjust to new surroundings.
Or you could just go into "System" "Gps mode" "ok" "WAAS".....
Some info on Egnos HERE!!
I did have a thread myself about this same thing,i will see if i can dig it out.
I did have a thread myself about this same thing,i will see if i can dig it out. here.
erm..i only think it's 30 - it's certainly the high number ones anyway.
galileo system. involves many governments (and the chinese making an investment to rip all the technology/ideas off) and money, as always, is very tight. and unfailing international cooperation...
i last heard, on rdaio 4, some time ago that they had done some critical distance/fail testing with the egg nog which it passed but i've no idea what the current status of anything is. (5 meters is rather critical if you're trying to land a plane)
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