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GPS 'to be jammed near base'

Posted 12 October 2011
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GPS 'to be jammed near base'
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Those who like to go walking with a GPS system to aid navigation may find difficulty with a jammed signal in the North Pennines, plus the Kielder and Spadeadam Forests, Ofcom has said.

Grough has reported that the telecoms regulator has issued the warning for the area within three miles of Raf Spadeadam on the Cumbria-Northumberland boundary, between 28th November and 9th December.

This will be due to a Ministry of Defence exercise that will see such signals being blocked between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00.

Walkers may find Ordnance Survey maps are particularly useful as an extra aid to navigation.

Grough similarly revealed in August that a military exercise around Stanford military training area in the Thetford area would see GPS signals blocked in two periods of this autumn, with the second being between 17th and 21st of October.

Walkers on the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path were set to be affected.