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How to make my own GPS ?

  1. Sep 30, 2006 #1
    I heard somewhere that the satelites use by Global Position System (GPS) device is open for public use , is it right ? If the satelite is open for public use , then is it possible for me to make my own GPS and how to make the GPS ?
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  3. Sep 30, 2006 #2


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    In theory you could do it but it would cost you more than buying one of the mass-market devices. You need to buy the RF and processing chips, display, keypad, etc. Are you going to design and make your own multi-layer circuit board? Design your own antenna? (That's probably the easiest part). I don't think there's any way you can beat buying a handheld unit (they're cheaper than iPods these days).

    Do you know how GPS works? You might find it interesting. It's a very sophisticated system that employs spread-spectrum transmission, coding, and fancy math to deduce position from the relative timing of signals from satellites at different positions in the sky. Start with the non-technical description at Wikipedia, then follow the links provided for more information.
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