[Loadstone] SIRF3.2: disfunctional receiver?

monty at loadstone-gps.com monty at loadstone-gps.com
Mon Feb 5 15:48:18 GMT 2007

Hello Neill,

I will address both of your issues below and someone can comment further 
if they wish...

The fact that you experience drift while standing still is a feature of 
the SIRF star 3 chipset. (I say feature facetiously)  Readings tend to go 
all over the place when standing still.  The best thing to do here is to 
ignore the result or set your "Static Threshold"  setting in the 
Options/Settings  menu.  (More on this in the documentation)  I personally 
set my Static Threshold to 3.

When you say you notice distance to a particular point is somewhat off , 
are you referring to a point you created yourself under good conditions, 
or are you  using a intersection point downloaded from the Point Share 
Exchange?  if it is the latter, the intersection points will always be a 
bit off as you have to figure the person/company  in charge of creating 
the US street data  may have been anywhere on the road/intersection  when 
they measured coordinates.

I often tell people "GPS recievers will find the building - not the door" 
so I'd say 10-20 metres to an intersection is pretty good!
Bluetooth functionallity normally is all down to the implementation in a 
particular phone or firmware on the phone.  Some models of phones have a 
better implementation than others.  This includes some phones thinking
that the Bluetooth device is still connected even when the Bluetooth 
device is switched off.  The best practice normally is:

1. Switch Bluetooth to "on" on your phone.
2.  Switch your GPS receiver "on".
3.  Launch Loadstone on your phone.

Hope that helps.

Best regards,

On Mon, 5 Feb 2007, R. Neill Hadder wrote:

> Hi there,
> Brand new to the list and to GPS, so please excuse my introducing two
> long-winded issues at once, which may be related and may have been covered
> before.  I just got an I.Trek M6, which has the SIRF chip firmware 3.2.
> First thing is that regardless of whether I'm moving or standing still, the
> distance to a point I'm close to is pretty consistently off by 10 to 20
> meters.  I also noticed that when I'm standing still, disregarding the
> headings being reported, the distance to the closest point gradually
> increases from like 6 meters to 20 meters then drifts back and forth.  This,
> by the way, is while I'm standing within a meter or two of the point.  But
> approaching a marked intersection is likewise 10-20m off.  WAAS is set to
> "on" in settings, and also the I.Trek M6 supposedly has WAAS enabled by
> default.  I live in a small town (zip 78666) so I don't know if ground
> signals are available.  Most recent tests were on a cloudy day with 3
> satilites tracking, but I think I've had similar results on sunny days with
> 10 satelites tracking.  "Accuracy" reported to loadstone claims to be 1.1 to
> 1.8 meters, but it's a factor of ten worse than that.  I can't really see
> how Loadstone could be responsible for these results, so I'm wondering if
> this is a bad model or bad unit.  Outside that fudge factor, it works.
> BTW, I also have a great deal of difficulty connecting.  Especially if I've
> forgotten to turn bluetooth on, loadstone will say "not connected" but will
> claim to be "already connected" in the GPS menu, or else it will often have
> no signal, even outside, until I reboot one or both devices.  I've tried
> every combo I can think of but I'm assuming that turning bluetooth on my
> phone on, then the GPS on, then running loadstone should be right.
> Thanks to anyone for comments.
> --Neill
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