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Sunday, March 18, 2012

SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada

Just in case you didn’t already have enough reasons to purchase one of Globalstar’s SPOT Satellite GPS devices for your outdoor personal safety, the company recently announced that it has celebrated its 1,000th initiated rescue in Canada this year. Launched in 2007, this company specalizes in helping outdoor enthusiasts stay safe while they do what they do, providing S.O.S. notifications and life-saving technology to everyone.

According to the press release, the company has initiated more than 3,500 rescues around the globe since its launch. Most of the Canadian rescues have been in the British Colombia area, with around 376 reported for that region. Other regions include Alberta with 115, Nunavut at 111 and Ontario and Quebec falling at just below 100 each. Most of the rescues were related to hiking/mountain sports, boating/water sports or motor vehicle incidents. read more

Government Looking for Comment on eLoran System

These WWII Loran receivers might soon be getting an upgrade for use as a GPS backup

These WWII Loran receivers might soon be getting an upgrade for use as a GPS backup

I came across a very official-sounding notice yesterday that the United States government is looking for public comment about the possible revamping and reuse of the WWII Loran system as a backup for GPS and I wanted to share it with you. You might recall that last year the UK began this process as a failsafe should the worst occur to the satellite navigation technology everything seems to rely upon.

Of course, before you get your hopes up, this doesn’t mean that the government has quite given up on the idea of simply dismantling the Loran system, but rather that it has occurred to someone that only having one navigational aid is probably not the best idea. The eLoran (enhanced Long Range Navigation) system will be used as a complimentary and backup PNT system. read more

The Benefits of Premium Membership

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If you’ve been geocaching for a little while, you’ve probably heard cachers talk about being premium members of the geocaching.com website.  Some people will swear by it whilst others will feel that it adds nothing to their caching experience.  As a result it can sometimes be difficult to fully understand what benefits premium membership actually confers.  So this month, I thought I would look at some of the main reasons you might want to become a premium member. read more

Geocaching.com Launches New Search Tool

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Well, I have good news and bad news. Last week I saw that the folks over at Groundspeak have revamped a really important part of the popular geocaching.com website: the search tool for finding all of those fun caches. That’s the good part. The bad part is that I’m not 100% sure that the new search feature is worth the trouble. read more

Funny GPS Jokes for your Sunday Afternoon

Worldwide GPS image found on 11 Points

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Image found on 11 Points

Most of the things that I write about here on GPS Tracklog are pretty serious and news-related. Satellite launches, navigational tips, new products and other relevant information for the world of GPS. But, sometimes, you just need a little funny in your life.

So today, I have absolutely zero news for you. Instead, I just want to share some of these funny GPS jokes from various places. So sit back, relax and have a great Sunday! read more

Largest Solar Storm in 11 Years Hits Earth

photo by Discovery News

photo by Discovery News

If you live in Alaska, Canada or some of the far northern states of the US, then you may have noticed some spectacular lights in the sky on St. Patrick’s Day and maybe even some yesterday night, depending on where you live. Well, as it turns out the Earth was recently hit with a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun which has resulted in the biggest solar storm in the last 11 years. read more

This Week in GPS — March 20, 2015

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is the corrected orbit of the second satellite that was stranded by a malfunction last August. The satellite is now in a better orbit, and recently was found to be fit and functioning properly.

Here are some other things happening this week in the world of GPS: read more

Tips for Hiding a Geocache

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Hiding your first geocache can be a pretty exciting thing, but it isn’t as simple as just stuffing a tupperware container under a log and calling it a day. There are plenty of things you need to consider, and geocaching.com recently released reworked their Hiding a Geocache page with some fantastic information designed to help new geocachers hide caches successfully and responsibly.

Here are some of the main things that you should consider when hiding a geocache: read more

GPS City St. Patty Day Sales

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So, apparently someone at GPS City is a little disorganized. I was a little surprised not to get any kind of promotion yesterday, but didn’t really dwell on it. However, when I checked my email this morning, lo and behold! A St. Patrick’s Day sale advertised in an email sent at around 8 p.m. last night. Cutting it a little close there, guys!

Anyway, I thought I’d share the deals with you. They are pretty much all focused on golfing to “get your green on.” The email didn’t list an end date, but the deals are still good as of this morning. Here are some of the savings: read more

Strava Heatmap Shows Popular Routes

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If you are one of those people who enjoys a daily run or bike ride, then it can sometimes be easy to get caught in a rut and simply take the same path you always do. After all, it can be hard to find good trails and routes sometimes, and it can be tempting to just stick with what you already know.

Well, the popular fitness tracking company Strava recently introduced a new interactive map that is designed to help you explore new trails and areas and find popular routes you might not otherwise know about. Called the Strava Heatmap, this pretty nifty-looking interactive map uses GPS track data from around 160 million rides and runs to determine the most popular areas.

It looks pretty cool too. read more