Hacking GPS

by Kathie Kingsley-Hughes

Hacking GPS is not like other GPS user's guide on the market - it doesn't spend time telling you how to use the functions on your GPS. Instead Hacking GPS shows you how to get more out of owning a GPS receiver.  Written with the Extreme Technology community in mind, this book shows you how to do a variety of different things with your receiver.

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Chapter 1: GPS Secrets

  • Hidden secrets
  • Garmin secret screens
  • Garmin GPS 60/60CS
  • Garmin GPS V
  • Magellan secret code
  • After a reset/hard reset

Chapter 2: Building GPS Data Cables and Power Cords

  • Cables Demystified
  • The Data Cable
  • Power Cords
  • Combo Cables
  • Making your own data cables
  • Make your own connector
  • GPS/iPAQ connections
  • Making combo cables
  • Making multi cables

Chapter 3: Power Hacks

  • GPS Power Needs
  • Power Hacks
  • Carrying Your Own 12-Vold Power Supply
  • Battery Packs
  • A Different Kind of Battery Pack
  • Alternative Power Supplies

Chapter 4: Antenna Hacks

  • The GPS Antenna
  • Quad-Helix Orientation
  • Patch Antenna Orientation
  • External Antennas
  • Antenna Placement
  • Reradiating Antennas
  • Personal Reradiating Antenna
  • Communal Reradiating Antenna
  • Reradiating Antenna Considerations
  • Fitting a Reradiating Antenna Setup in a Car
  • Test the System
  • Permanent Fixing
  • Carrying a GPS Signal via Cable
  • How Much Signal Do You Need?
  • Cable Losses
  • Connector Losses
  • Using a Signal Repeater
  • Build Your Own Mega GPS Antenna
  • Materials
  • Building the Antenna

Chapter 5: Protecting and Mounting Your GPS

  • Screen Damage
  • Rubber Bumpers
  • Wire Bumpers
  • Commercial Protection for GPS and PDAs
  • Mounting GPS
  • Car Mounting
  • Mounting a GPS for Biking, Hiking, and Skiing
  • Making a Personalized Case

Part II: Software Hacks

Chapter 6: Hacking the Firmware

  • Firmware
  • Updating the Firmware
  • Hacking GPS Firmware
  • Recovering from a failed firmware load

Chapter 7: Making Connections

  • The PC - GPS relationship
  • Connection Types
  • Which Connection Is Best?
  • Troubleshooting Problems
  • Software-Specific Issues

Part III: Data Hacking

Chapter 8: GPS Data

  • GPS Data Collection
  • Position, Velocity, Time
  • Waypoints
  • Working with the Data
  • EasyGPS
  • G7toWin
  • Creative Uses of GPS Data
  • Sharing Waypoints
  • Adding GPS Information to Digital Photos
  • Lightning Detector and Plotter
  • Wardriving
  • GPS in Programming

Chapter 9: Examining the Data

  • NMEA
  • SiRF
  • Using NMEA Sentences
  • Using NMEA

Chapter 10: More Data Tricks

  • Taking Screenshots
  • Turn your PC into a High-Precision Atomic Clock
  • Other Uses for GPS Data
  • Experiment for Yourself

Part IV: Playtime

Chapter 11: Hacking Geocaching

  • GPS Accuracy
  • The Birth of Geocaching
  • Geocaching Made Simple
  • What Is Geocaching?
  • Geocaching Beginning to Eng
  • The Final 20 Yards
  • Geocaching Hacks

Chapter 12: GPS Games

  • The Dawn of GPS Games
  • Points of Confluence
  • Benchmarking/Trigpointing
  • GPS Drawing
  • Hide and Seek
  • Foxhunt
  • Other Games
  • Follow the Leader
  • Go Fetch

Appendix A: GPS Primer

Appendix B: Internet Resources


Published by Wiley (opens in new window).

ISBN Number: 0-76-458424-3

List Price (US): $24.99

List Price (UK): 16.99

Pages: 358

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Kathie Kingsley-Hughes
Last updated: May 19th 2005
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