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TomTom TMC Experience: Scotland to the Alps

 
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MaskellMan
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:41 am    Post subject: TomTom TMC Experience: Scotland to the Alps Reply with quote

I have just returned from two major trips and thought I would share my experiences using the TMC on a TomTom 710 running version 6.522.
I drove from Manchester to Ullapool in the far North West of Scotland. I then drove to the French Alps (Courchevel). While in England/Inhabited Scotland, I managed to get a fix about 20% of the time - usefully it did warn me about a massive jam on the M20 and rerouted me via the M2 - but on the whole, not very useful. I had heard that the signal was stronger in Europe, but alas in the entire journey from Calais to the French Alps, I only got a lock around the Lyon area.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be getting better reception than that. Sad
Where have you mounted the ariel?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaskellMan:I did a simlar journey. Manchester \Dover \Calais \Courchevel. I got a similar result! Mine connected past Dijon, near a town caled Dole, intermittant from then on, then past Lyon, nothing.
Tried the arial mounting across the dash, across the windscreen - both times fully extended. No improvement. In the past I had intermittent conectivity in the UK. Searching ... all the time.... Sad

I'd also heared that it would work better in Europe, something about better\stronger transmitters. Not on the route I took though!

To me it just another confirmation what a load of rubbish the TT TMC is! :x

IMHO: DO NOT BUY A TT TMC receiver! Waste of money, effort and time!

Or if you are real dumb, email me and you can have mine for a bargain price of 10 off list price, postage free, Paypal accepted! Lets see how many offers I get! Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: TomTom TMC for 710 Reply with quote

Same bad experience here. Now try and ask the tomtom help desk on what to do, wait for ages to get through and then they tell you to change counties a few times.....still not good. Last I got from them was wait to the next version coming out after 6.522, should be hear in a couple of weeks.

One thing to try, in the UK TMC signal is only sent over classic FM. Try tuning it manually to 100.2 FM. You can do this by touching the right hand side of the screen when in map display. This then lets you enter the frequency

Overall rating of this device - crap ! it has never worked, a waste of Money. TomTom should be precuted by the fair trade departement under the sales of goods act.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What?
Still no takers for my 10 off RRP on a slightly used (never worked) TT TMC receiver.... Confused
Now there's a surprise! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just done the same journey with navman T1 and had full reception all the way! Even through Kent. :D
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that I have connected my Sony the van aerial I get 90%+ coverage all over the UK. Maybe you may have to do that to get a signal. Just a thought.
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