[time-nuts] Coalition to Save GPS

Steve Rooke sar10538 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 13 03:14:15 EDT 2011


On 13/03/2011, Chuck Harris <cfharris at erols.com> wrote:
> The military is the one service that won't be affected by this interference.
> They run on a different band, and their modulation is more robust than
> the civilian side.

Well if it is affected, maybe GPS users should lobby for free access
to the other band as compensation :)

Steve

> Jim Palfreyman wrote:
>>> (3) If they get their license rest assured that GPS as we know it will
>>> disintegrate, along with every user of it (civilian and military).  Rest
>>> assured that a LOT of effort is being spent fighting this.
>>>
>>>
>> Are you sure about this??
>>
>> Imagine the day they power up their transmitters (I know it would be
>> gradual, but stick with me), GPS stops working in a good portion of the
>> continental USA. (40000 transmitters, 15000W each)
>>
>> There would be an outcry by the public with all those smartphones suddenly
>> not working for location services. Not to mention cell phone towers who
>> use
>> GPS for timing (sure they can fix it - but are those phone companies going
>> to be happy to spend the extra money?).
>>
>> And what about the military - they'll have something to say - after all it
>> was they who wanted GPS to orginally to guide their missiles.
>>
>> So the outcry would be huge, the new transmitters are shut down so the GPS
>> is restored - and then the lawsuits begin.
>>
>> I'm not in America, but are you telling me the government would prefer
>> this
>> new broadband service in exchange for GPS and (more importantly)
>> everything
>> that runs off it?
>>
>> Whatever happens, I'm going to sit back here and enjoy the show!
>>
>> Jim
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