October 2015 Club Meeting - "Navigation and GPS"

October 16, 2015 ?

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Make Your Own Solder Flux"

Navigation and GPS

Presented by George NG7A

  Figuring out one’s location and how to get to a destination may be one of mankind’s oldest pastimes. Navigation and positioning are crucial to many activities and yet have been quite cumbersome. Over time, all kinds of technologies have attempted to simplify the task, but each one has had a major disadvantage. When the US DoD decided to have a super precise form of worldwide positioning, they had the kind of money ($12 Billion) to build something really good.

Our own George NG7A will briefly examine the historical forms of Navigation and then delve into the inner workings of GPS. He led the RF design team at UPS Aviation Technologies that developed the World’s First GPS Receiver certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide vertical guidance through the clouds to within 200 feet of the ground. Some practical tips on best operating practices of GPS and how to minimize jamming from other radios will be offered.