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Contents Part I: Hardware Hacks Chapter 1: GPS Secrets Hidden secrets Garmin secret screens Garmin iQue 3600 Soft reset Warm reset Hard reset Full GPS reset Garmin Forerunner Diagnostic screen Hard reset Reset Autolocate Garmin StreetPilot Diagnostic screen Force autolocate Diagnostic screen Clear user settings Master reset Garmin Geko Diagnostic screen Hard reset Garmin eTrex Test screens Resetting the unit Garmin GPS 60/60CS Diagnostic screen Resetting the unit Garmin GPS 76/76C/76CS Diagnostic screen Resetting the unit Garmin GPS 176 Diagnostic screen Resetting the unit Garmin eMap Diagnostic screen Autolocate Resetting the unit Garmin GPS 76S Diagnostic screen Resetting the unit Garmin GPS III and GPS III+ Reset Test mode Garmin GPS V Resetting the unit Magellan secret code Magellan Meridian series Boot time screens Access menu (system on) Magellan SporTrak Clear memory Burn-in test Serial port test Self test WAAS switch on/off Magellan 300/330 Display software version Delete memory Display/keypad tests Switch light on without icon After a reset/hard reset Summary Chapter 2: Building GPS Data Cables and Power Cords Cables Demystified The Data Cable Power Cords Combo Cables You can also do combinations Multi GPS cable Multi data cable Multi data/power cable Multi data/power/GPS cable Making your own data cables Items you will need Cable assembly Testing Don't want to buy a connector? Making power cords Power cord assembly Testing Precautions GPS/iPAQ connections Cradle modification Testing the connection Making combo cables Making multi cables Summary Chapter 3: Power Hacks GPS Power Needs Alkaline Batteries Lithium Batteries Rechargeable (NiMH) Batteries Battery Do's and Don'ts Power Hacks Carrying Your Own 12-Vold Power Supply Battery Packs What You Need Batteries Battery Holder Wiring and Connections A Different Kind of Battery Pack Alternative Power Supplies Chapter 4: Antenna Hacks The GPS Antenna Quad-Helix Orientation Patch Antenna Orientation Best Performance Summary External Antennas Antenna Placement Other Things to Avoid Reradiating Antennas Personal Reradiating Antenna Communal Reradiating Antenna Reradiating Antenna Considerations Power Range Tidiness Fitting a Reradiating Antenna Setup in a Car Test the System Permanent Fixing Carrying a GPS Signal via Cable How Much Signal Do You Need? Cable Losses Connector Losses Using a Signal Repeater Build Your Own Mega GPS Antenna Materials Building the Antenna Summary Chapter 5: Protecting and Mounting Your GPS Screen Damage Screen Proectors More Screen Armoring Rubber Bumpers Wire Bumpers Commercial Protection for GPS and PDAs Storm Case Aquapac Otter Box Mounting GPS Car Mounting Mounting a GPS for Biking, Hiking, and Skiing Making a Personalized Case Summary Part II: Software Hacks Chapter 6: Hacking the Firmware Firmware Warnings Updating the Firmware Hacking GPS Firmware Bypassing startup screen - Garmin eTrex Vista Bypassing startup screen - Garmin eTrex Legend Bypassing startup screen - Garmin eTrex Venture MeMap Personalization Manual Firmware Editing Magellan GPS Firmware Modificatoins Recovering from a failed firmware load Garmin Magellan Summary Chapter 7: Making Connections The PC - GPS relationship Connection Types Serial (COM) Port USB Bluetooth Which Connection Is Best? Troubleshooting Problems General Connection Trouble - PC General Connection Trouble - PDA General Connection Trouble - Bluetooth Software-Specific Issues Erratic mouse pointer after connecting a GPS Windows XP problem - Microsoft Ball Point Microsoft MapPoint Troubleshooting USB-to-serial converters Summary Part III: Data Hacking Chapter 8: GPS Data GPS Data Collection Position, Velocity, Time Position Velocity Time Waypoints Manual Waypointing On-the-Spot Waypointing Routes Working with the Data EasyGPS G7toWin Creative Uses of GPS Data Sharing Waypoints Adding GPS Information to Digital Photos Lightning Detector and Plotter Wardriving GPS in Programming Summary Chapter 9: Examining the Data NMEA NMEA Sentences NMEA Sentence Structure A Closer Look at NMEA Sentences NMEA Checksum SiRF Using NMEA Sentences NMEA Software GPS Diagnostic RECSIM III Using NMEA GpsGate Recording actual NMEA using GpsGate Recording simulated NMEA using GpsGate Data Playback Why Bother with NMEA? Making Sure Your GPS Works Data Corruption Summary Chapter 10: More Data Tricks Taking Screenshots G7toWin G7toCE Turn your PC into a High-Precision Atomic Clock Software Setup Hardware Setup Hooking Up Hardware to Software Bringing a GPS Signal Indoors Other Uses for GPS Data Azimuth and Elevation Graphs Surveying Navigation Signal Quality/SNR Window NMEA Command Monitor Experiment for Yourself Summary Part IV: Playtime Chapter 11: Hacking Geocaching GPS Accuracy The Birth of Geocaching Geocaching Made Simple What Is Geocaching? Geocaching Beginning to Eng The Final 20 Yards Aim Beyond the Cache Look for Signs of Disturbance Look for Breaks in the Tree Cover Search Patterns Stop and Average Come at It from a Different Direction Look for the Unnatural Geocaching Hacks Go Paper-Free GPXSonar GPXView iSolo Plan Before You Leave Sort Out Cabling Power for the Trip Better Antennas Protecting the GPS Protect Your GPS from Loss Tie It to Yourself Contact Details Make It Easier to Spot Protect the Screen Power Prorection Waterproofing Summary Chapter 12: GPS Games The Dawn of GPS Games Points of Confluence Benchmarking/Trigpointing GPS Drawing Hide and Seek Foxhunt Other Games Follow the Leader Go Fetch Summary Appendix A: GPS Primer Appendix B: Internet Resources Glossary
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
GPS receivers -- Design and construction -- Amateurs' manuals.
Global positioning system -- Amateurs' manuals.
Programmable logic devices -- Amateurs' manuals.