April 6/7 is a GPS roll-over date and my question is whether anyone knows if this will be a problem for our LS-6 and LS-8 units.
For those who do not know, the GPS satellites transmit date and time information to our GPS receivers and the provision for the week information is 10-bits of information. That means that every 1024 weeks you run out of space in the data to specify a new week. Effectively that means that your GPS unit is supposed to roll-over and start counting the weeks all over again beginning April 6/7.
But some older GPS units may not have firmware which will interpret things correctly and might kick out information indicating instead that the date is in the August 21/22, 1999 range which is when the last GPS roll-over occurred.
If the GPS receiver has been updated to the GPS ICD standard then this should not be an issue. The week should be properly interpreted and we should not have issues.
But if our LS receivers are not set up to handle this, we may have some interesting issues? So I'm curious as to whether anyone knows if we are going to have problems.
BTW, the newer standard is to use 13 bits for the information and it will be a very long time before we have this issue arise once again. We had it 19.7 years ago and we have it now, but none of us are likely to be alive when 13 bits aren't enough. . .
And yes, I've not been doing much with my LS-8. I got it, did first light, and my eyes went bad in a manner which is incompatible with the eyepiece. That will likely get resolved but it may be a while.