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GPS Y2K Epoch Day for my 2610? - Frump - 04-05-2019 10:04 AM

I was forced into getting a new cell phone this week. My Nexus 6P kept disconnecting from the cellular network since Google's last poison pill update for it in December when they stopped supporting it. My wife and I spent weeks trying figure out a work around. Last week I had to give up, tired of rebooting my phone 6 times a day to check my text messages. I refused to pay $800+ for the new one I wanted, so I found a barely used Pixel 2 for fraction of the cost on Swappa. The day after I ordered it, Google announced they were discontinuing the sales of the Pixel 2 so the price on the used ones dropped another $100 overnight. It will get updates through October 2020 before it becomes as useless as my $500 Nexus 6P did. I kind of figure Chad owes me now, so that is the only upside.

Now, today I read I probably need a new GPS. I knew about this for years, but I had forgotten the date. My faithful and reliable Garmin 2610, which to be honest has seen better years and is missing a few roads since map updates stopped a few years ago, may be on its last day today. The Y2K like GPS epoch day for older GPS's is Saturday, March 6th. That is when the GPS time counter rolls over and my 2610 will most likely loose it's ability to accurately measure time. Without an accurate time, the GPS will not be able to triangulate it's position, even if the road I'm on doesn't exist in the GPS. Basically, I need to buy a new GPS. Once again I don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on item which I don't use all that much. Any ideas?

COUNTDOWN TO THE GPS TIMEPOCALYPSE


RE: GPS Y2K Epoch Day for my 2610? - Shooter - 04-05-2019 12:59 PM

Alphabet Inc. stock price is $1214.22 we can't afford to give away phones.....

Unless you work for them then you get a free one every year. Tongue

On a serious note I really like my Montana 600. It has held up pretty good and easy to use once you get used to it. IMHO

You can borrow it for your Alaska trip if you want to try it out before purchasing. If you come to my house and pick it up I might feed you as well. T-Bone was my last guest but she didn't bring her bike......wimp Big Grin


RE: GPS Y2K Epoch Day for my 2610? - DrmRdr - 04-06-2019 11:25 AM

My 2820 still works but I can't get any of the software to work on my computer. Both map source and base camp can't find anything without grid coordinates. The new map disk from Garmin won't support street pilots now. If I replace everything I don't know that I will go back to Garmin. What else is out there that works good?
Dave