GPS time signals

Greg Roberts (grr@da.saao.ac.za)
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 09:56:20 +0200

On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Robert Fenske Jr wrote:

>On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Greg Roberts wrote:

>> Has anyone had experience using A GPS receiver for satellite positional
>> work?

>        I've used handheld GPS receivers for other field work.  They are
>really quite convenient.  As long as their batteries hold out you
>have time and position at your fingertips.  Their only drawback is that at
>power-on it can take them some minutes (depends on the model) to acquire
>enough satellites for position fixing.  But since only one satellite is
>needed for time, the time usually is available right away.  It also helps
>to have most of the sky unobstructed; for satellite watching you probably
>have that anyway.  The price for such handhelds is coming down too.  Some
>can be had for about $200 (US).


Many thanks Robert for the information. It certainly looks like a GPS
receiver can provide the time signals I want - in addition I can determine
the real coordinates of my observing site - the local survey map used shows
a "kink" in the road where my house is and I cant visually see any-the road
is straight!.
Ive done a bit of asking around and it would appear that the MAGELLAN GPS
receiver is available locally for about the price you mention, so now all I
have to do is convince my boss ( wife ) that its necessary for my well-being,
mental happiness and state of tranquillity in our house - doesnt matter that
the piggy-bank is empty at the moment!
Always nice to have a new gadget to play with.
Best wishes,
Greg