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Military Testing Could Jam Boater GPS Devices

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / NORTH CAROLINA

June 12, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Military officials are testing a system for jamming signals from navigational satellites -- an experiment that could disable boaters' GPS devices and force them to rely on dead reckoning.

The test will run through June 20, as part of a NATO training exercise. The Coast Guard said GPS signals would be unreliable or unavailable in waters up to 60 miles off North Carolina and northern and central Florida. Officials said the testing might affect cellphones as well as GPS navigation devices.

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