Originally Posted by ladywendolyn
So sad...on the topic of GPS however CNN had a news bit yesterday about the fact that there have been some major "sun flares" in the last week. These sun flares disrupt GPS quite a bit and they are warning travelers not to depend 100 percent on your gps for the next week or so. Check a map as well.... And if your GPS seams wrong... It may be.
This issue will be on and off for quite a few years. We are in the beginning of an 11 year solar cycle. 11 to 17.5 years ago the average person didn't rely so much on RF (radio frequency devices) as we do now. The solar storms/ flares that are beginning thier cycle may have some very interesting effects on us all. Take the obvious examples: GPS, WiFi, Mobile phone service, public service radio systems. Then there are the ones you don't think of such as: your toll pass you stick on the windshield, satellite communications (not just direct to you, but communication system infrastructure), the internet, just to name a few. Remember how it "used to be"? Don't forget, we MAY have to recall it!
There are many views on what COULD happen, but we will just have to see. So don't get so mad at you mobile phone provider when the service is bad, take a look at the solar index/ flux for the day, and you might find it is just a natural issue.