[Loadstone] Some questions

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at loadstone-gps.com
Mon Jan 12 22:02:27 GMT 2009

The user range error setting is used to calculate a realistic accuracy 
value. It's multiplied by the accuracy value sent by the receiver to get the 
accuracy in metres. 8 seems to be a good value for most receivers and you 
shouldn't change it unless you know your receiver is different. 
Unfortunately most receiver manuals don't seem to say anything about this.
If you don't have a last_position file and go in to exploration mode without 
a gps signal then the first point in the database is selected as your 
starting point. There's not much that can be done about this since the 
program has no idea where you are and has to start somewhere. You normally 
shouldn't delete the last_position file.

On Mon, 12 Jan 2009, Adhimoolam Vetrivel Murugan wrote:

> Hi all,
> I did a bunch of explorations these few days and have the following questions:
> First, under settings/GPS tab, there is an edit field called "user
> error range" and it is set to 8 by default. I checked the accuracy and
> it was something like 30 feats. I changed it to 1 and the accuracy was
> between 2.5-5 feats. However I noticed a significant delay in point's
> announcement at this stage. According to the manual at the LS page,
> the default error range (8) can give us a realistic view in urban like
> environment. But what I do not understand is the difference between
> user error range 1 and 8. Second, I disconnected my receiver and
> deleted a file called "last position" found under the loadstone
> directory. Now when I started the program and changed to the
> exploration mode, it showed me a point which is about 15 miles away
> from my location. Now my question is: How does loadstone choose such
> default points? Can I do anything to my databases to make the closest
> position to my home as the default point under exploration mode?
> Third, it is only through loadstone I have learnt that 6th avenue in
> New York is also called avenue of the Americas. Although I managed to
> change those points through file manipulations, it could be confusing
> for the new users. So I was just wondering if the list had any
> suggestion to this issue. Overall I have to say that I am learning
> lots of new things in terms of various points of locations even in
> those areas that I was familiar with.
> Vetri.
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