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Now that you have found us we hope you will find our forums a friendly and helpful place to ask questions and receive answers. With over 450,000 registered users, we have one of the busiest satnav forums.

We offer unbiased reviews of all manner of GPS devices and you can be sure that we have tested every device we review, no PR re-hashes here, just honest opinions and in-depth experience from our team of respected editors and moderators.

We also produce the PocketGPSWorld Speed Camera Database, a speed camera warning service compatible with a huge range of satnavs. It is the most comprehensive database of its kind and now covers 40 countries. Don't take our word for it, take a wander through our forums and see what our customers think of our database and our service. Their feedback is better than any marketing spiel we can come up with.

And finally, don't be afraid to ask, if you need satnav help, want to install speed camera alerts, or just need advice on a purchase, we're here to help. Don't be shy, just head to the forums.

Articles: Launching a GPS Satellite into orbit

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When the GPS Satellite has gone through the processing stages and is mated to the rocket it is ready to be launched into orbit. Our previous article covered the pre-launch processing of the GPS satellite, from conception to delivery and integration with the launch vehicle. This article looks at how the satellite is placed into orbit.

The launch sequence starts two to three days before the planned launch time with a launch readiness review. The results of the review trigger a sequence of events that culminate in the ignition of the rocket engine and the ride through the atmosphere into space. Once again as the next launch will be on an Atlas V rocket we will use that as an example.

The launch readiness review is carried out by the managers of the various teams involved in launching the rocket. This will include the ULA Atlas V booster team, Boeing, USAF Space and Missile group, Ground support, Weather, and Range Safety, amongst others. Each team will provide a status report and providing everything is within the proscribed limits the Launch Readiness Review will recommend progressing towards a launch at the scheduled time.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, July 31 @ 14:22:22 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

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Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 30 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.075) congratulations are due for the following 9 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

bertxuk, CAA_0812181248, gamichea, golfmaddad, keithslarke, Matrick, scubapics, tractionmanuk, whiteshark.


Five users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 16 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: bugsy44, Devdarshan, disco1974, HenryNeedham, hgv, jacann, legalspeed, Oldboy, readingandy, redvers, smokeyjones, summer68, TJ63, tsdinos, TuppyTrucker, Twistedbitz.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, July 30 @ 19:06:30 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.075 - 30 Jul 2014

This release sees 42 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 31 Jul 14.

The Garmin GPSR database (for older devices) is currently 12.072 (09 Jul 14)

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, July 30 @ 14:24:33 EDT

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News: Processing to launch a GPS Satellite

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We all know and use GPS technology in some form every day of our lives, but have you stopped to think how this technology came into being, and how it is maintained? The theory of navigation goes back a long way and and is very closely linked to accurate timing. The more accurate the time the more accurate your location can be determined.

Back in 1730 John Harrison created a marine clock to compete for the Ł20,000 Longitude Prize, a competition to find the most accurate timepiece to enable mariners to navigate across the seas. Accurate time combined with a sextant and a chart enabled the early navigators to determine with reasonable precision where on the planet they were.

Jump forward nearly 300 years and the same principles of precise timing and triangulation are still being used, this time using GPS Satellites, atomic clocks and computer algorithms. This, of course, is all transparent to us, we just see a moving dot on a map showing us where we are.

How does this all work? Rather than explain this again we have an excellent article describing How does the Global Positioning System work?. This article explains how a GPS satellite is prepared for launch into orbit.



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Posted by Mike Barrett on Wednesday, July 30 @ 13:27:54 EDT

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News: GPS IIF-7 to launch on Saturday 2nd August

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UPDATE Launch delayed to 2nd August at 3:23 GMT
Early morning Saturday sees the launch of the seventh GPS IIF satellite fro the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This will be lofted into orbit on top of an Atlas V rocket. The GPS IIF-7 satellite is part of the upgraded and modernised fleet of Block IIF navigation spacecraft designed to replace one of the ageing Block IIA satellites originally launched in the early 1990s.

The launch is scheduled for 3:23am GMT (4:23 BST) which is late evening on the 1st August in Florida. Launch complex 41 will be used for this launch, the most northerly active launch pad at Cape Canaveral. If you want to follow the launch the AmericaSpace Live Launch Tracker will have live commentary and video feed.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Wednesday, July 30 @ 09:09:11 EDT

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News: More Mobile Speed Cameras On The Way For North Yorkshire

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Further mobile speed cameras are on the way for North Yorkshire.

The Executive Board of North Yorkshire Police have given the go head for road safety initiatives which include the purchase of three new mobile speed camera vans.

The vans will begin operation next spring and are in addition to the existing three vehicles.

The intention is to catch up to the resources of other forces and cover more roads that are known for frequent accidents and speeding.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, July 30 @ 09:05:18 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 21 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.074) congratulations are due for the following 4 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

CAA_0603055155, CAA_1201135200, dimoe, motorman.


Two users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 15 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: archie10, Daggers, DennisN, dine, DJ1, johalareewi, Kayf, legalspeed, MaFt, Mawgan358, MrSoapsud, s3dbw, spoon246, summer68, TuppyTrucker.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, July 24 @ 10:02:14 EDT

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News: Speed Camera Arsonist Get 2 Year Sentence

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A motorist has been jailed for two years for setting fire to a speed camera near the village of Netwon-on-Trent in Lincolnshire. He caused Ł24,000 of damage.

Security worker Adrian Smith, 46, burnt tyres that he placed at the base of the camera in an attempt to destroy it.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, July 24 @ 07:48:59 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.074 - 23 Jul 2014

This release sees 57 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 24 Jul 14.

The Garmin GPSR database (for older devices) is currently 12.072 (09 Jul 14)

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, July 23 @ 14:53:15 EDT

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News: Adelaide Man Goes On Speed Camera Wrecking Spree

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Aaron Goods, 24, has admitted nine instances of damaging fixed speed cameras lenses across Adelaide, Australia last November and December.

Despite these admissions, he claims little knowledge of damaging a further thirteen - he has simply told Adelaide Magistrates Court that he can't remember.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, July 21 @ 08:35:28 EDT

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News: Managed Motorways catch thousands of speeders

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Managed Motorways with variable speed limits have been in action in the UK for some time now. Starting with the M25 around the M4 intersection the overhead gantries sprung up sporting speed cameras. The variable speed limits were designed to slow traffic and help control the traffic flow. Initially the speed cameras were only active when there was a speed limit in force.

Now as the managed motorways have evolved into Smart Motorways we are seeing new styles of camera being installed, some sections are controlled by the average speed cameras, others by the newer HADECS, and the traditional gantry cameras still remain. Not only are there more and differing types of camera but some are also active at all times and not just when there is a speed restriction in place.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Friday, July 18 @ 07:54:49 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 28 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.073) congratulations are due for the following 8 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

brum1969, CAA_1201135200, CaptainBlue, drumhero, lagerpe, rwgreg, subvertbeats, whiteshark.


Five users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 14 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: Alfygiz, bugsy44, CA_0313202951, CAA_0528205956, cdcorbett, legalspeed, marmitebcfc, RSJONES, snifflebag, spoon246, TieJustice, TuppyTrucker, UsuallyLost, wombleuk.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, July 17 @ 12:19:09 EDT

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News: Navigation at Farnborough Air Show 2014

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This year’s Farnborough International Airshow featured lots of flying hardware and was declared a success on the first day with aircraft orders totalling $33 billion and a further $8 billion committed for engines. It goes without saying that the aircraft displays were quite spectacular with passenger aircraft acting like nimble fighter jets, and the fighter jets themselves roaring around the skies with afterburners ablaze.

Aside from the magnificent flying machines there was a section of the exhibition halls dedicated to space called the Space Zone. If you get a chance to visit it during the public days it is well worth a visit. In particular, from a navigation perspective, ESA are there with a Galileo display, Roscosmos were also there with the new GLONASS-K satellite, and not forgetting Surrey Satellite Technology who built the Galileo test satellites. Apart from that anyone interested in space will find a wealth of information on both the rockets, spacecraft, and operators from the Eastern Atlantic region (Europe and Russia).

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, July 17 @ 10:50:23 EDT

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News: Red Light Cameras coming near Disney, Florida

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Oceola county in Florida, a popular holiday destination for Brits, sees its first Red Light Camera activated this week according to WFTV 9. This will soon be followed by nine others in the next two months. There are already Red Light cameras in the city of Kissimmee, Osceloa, but these new cameras are in the un-incorporated areas of the county. The cameras look very different to the ones that are common in the UK, but all locations will have a “Photo Enforced” warning sign just before the junction.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, July 17 @ 10:00:49 EDT

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News: NASA technology to aid in landing aircraft

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We all know about the NASA Space program putting astronauts into space and flying missions to distant planets. Less is known about the advantages the space program development has on ordinary day to day life. Often the US government is criticised for the amount of money spent on R&D and space exploration, but this is a very much misunderstood investment.

The latest technology to be released from the NASA R&D boffins is TSS Tools (Terminal Sequencing and Spacing), a software suite to assist in the next generation of air traffic management. The concept of the TSS tools is to radically upgrade the Air Traffic Management system to improve the approach and spacing of aircraft into airports enabling more aircraft to spend less time in the air. This would not only cut travel times for the flyer, but also help in conserving fuel and thus reduce carbon emissions.

TSS Tools has now been handed over to the FAA (at no charge) and is expected to be implemented over the next 5 years with the initial operations starting in 2018. For more information about NASA’s involvement in Next Generation air traffic management click here

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, July 17 @ 08:08:24 EDT

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