[aprssig] Anyone in Las Vegas - LightSquared Test To Begin Monday

KA7O ka7o at ka7o.net
Sun May 15 16:57:33 EDT 2011

Seriously - if a compromise of the GPS system can down a commercial 
aircraft, we've got MUCH bigger problems than this Lightsquared frippery!!

On 05/15/2011 01:45 PM, Randy Love wrote:
> One commercial airliner crashing due to this interference might not even be
> enough to get this squashed.
> WTF, FCC and FAA.. This is a *threat to life and safety* that Lightsquared
> is doing here!!!
> Randy
> WF5X
> On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 3:12 PM,<aprssig at k7ftp.net>  wrote:
>> If anyone on the list is in Las Vegas/Boulder City, might want to go out
>> between 23:00 and 05:00 and see what it does.
>> http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/14/testing-new-wireless-network-cou
>> ld-cause-gps-outag/
>> "A warning for night drivers: If your GPS navigator gives out on you this
>> week, don't despair. What you're experiencing is only a test of the
>> emerging
>> broadband system.
>> Starting Monday, broadband developr LightSquared will start testing its
>> planned 4G speed wireless network in the Las Vegas area. The test will run
>> after midnight for several hours for 10 days, and if it works, Las Vegas
>> could become one of the first U.S. cities to get on a super-high speed
>> Internet grid that's independent of any particular service provider.
>> But if it fails, government agencies warn that it could compromise or even
>> black out the GPS systems in the area, rendering temporarily useless
>> everything from your car's navigator to the systems that allow airplanes to
>> come in for a safe landing."
>> "Late last week, the Federal Aviation Administration alerted pilots that
>> "the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable" within a nearly 300-mile
>> radius of Boulder City, where the test transmitter will be located, from 11
>> p.m. to 5 a.m. local time daily from Monday to May 27."
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