Did Your Omnitech GPS Fail Over the Weekend?
We’ve been getting reports over the past couple of days from people who have certain GPS devices, mostly from Omnitech, that are no longer connecting to satellites. No… this isn’t part of the GPS “Doomsday”
scenarios conjecture floating around, this is real. Typically we’d point people to our Acquiring Satellites and people would be on their way. Not this time.
It seems this is something more serious. It is only impacting a few, lesser known brands. None of the big players were impacted or patched their systems a long time ago. Frequently cited as the culprit is the SiRFstarIII chipset, however I can attest that I have several devices with that chip that are still working just fine today.
The issue seemed to appear on Saturday, June 13th and impacted devices like the Omnitech haven’t been able to connect to the satellites since then. According to a “sister” company of Omnitech, the fault lies with a change the US made to the satellite system on that date. I call BS about that as the forty or fifty GPS devices I have in my office were not impacted. Omnitech support is replying to people with this note:
We apologize for the inconvenience you are having acquiring a GPS signal.
Due to the high volume of calls and emails, you will not be able to speak with a representative. The problem is not only happening with your device.
GPS receivers are having a problem communicating with the GPS satellites since saturday June 13th, the GPS manufacturer is currently working very closely with the GPS satellite authorities trying to resolve this matter urgently, a solution is expected to be available within days.
Please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 6269560622 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please submit only one request. You do not have to call us back regarding this matter, we will get in touch with you directly as soon as a solution is available within the next few days
Some people have received word that a fix will be available on or before Friday the 18th. Is your GPS deaf to the satellites? Let us know below.