2002 Litespeed Vortex, 2010 Specialized Tricross Expert,2008 Gary Fischer Hi Fi Carbon, 2002 Specialized S-Works hard tail, 1990 Kestrel KM 40
GPS or other items restricted in some countries?
I was reading some tour blogs on CrazyGuyOnABike.com and one of them mentioned being asked by border security crossing into Iran if he was carrying a GPS. He had his stashed at the bottom of his bag and said no and took a chance and got away with it. So, with that in mind, I'm curious to hear of others have had anything similar happen with GPS or anything else that is prohibited in some countries. For someone doing a RTW tour (not me, of course, but I am curious), this seems like it might be important if true...
I think you would be crazy and risking your life to take a GPS into a location that does not allow them.
Typical cheap GPS units have great horizontal positioning ability and so/so altitude values but a good GPS with barometric altimeter and you can still get pretty good at elevation and possibly have coordinates to direct a rocket to a target. I could see some real repercussions for having that kind of tool in a hostile country.
GPS signals were scrambled by the govertnment and randomly inaccurate until 2000 and I am kind of surprised they did not start scrambling again after 911 but now we take them for granted and so much of our infrastructure depends on its use.......that I doubt we would ever go back there.
Yea Maritime navigation uses GPS , a computer program will display where you are on a Map , a point on that map
in the channel on the river .
to the extent they shut down Loran transmitters, which used radio signals to triangulate location.
now there are several countrys who have launched GPS satellites , so like the Bomb,
its no longer an exclusive club.
If you do your research before you go, you'll know the answer to your question. Oh, and when you look up sites, make sure they are government sites and not just some tourist site. The government site will have the most up-to-date, accurate information.