[aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6

spam8mybrain spam8mybrain at yahoo.com
Mon May 9 10:20:40 CDT 2016

I contacted AvMap, and they were very fast in responding to me. Apparently this is the first time this has ever happened to any of their products, and my unit is 4 years old. They are very eager to see the unit and find out what the cause was. 
So I have to say I am quite happy with their service response for an out-of-warranty device.
Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO 

-------- Original message --------
From: Scott Miller <scott at opentrac.org> 
Date: 05/08/2016  9:54 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Andrew Pavlin <spam8mybrain at yahoo.com>, TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org> 
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6 

    I would talk to AvMap first.  Any time a device catches fire, the
    manufacturer SHOULD be interested in hearing about it.  They might
    want a chance to do a postmortem on it without it having been
    subsequently messed with.





    On 5/8/2016 4:50 PM, Andrew Pavlin via
      aprssig wrote:

          always wondered why the AvMap G6 was considered a hot
          property, and I found out today when mine caught fire.

        It was
          doing a lousy job of syncing up to satellites to get a fix,
          and then the fix was really bad (always off the road).
          Suddenly, I heard a frying sound and clouds of
          vision-obscuring acidic smoke poured out of the back of the
          thing. A bit of a shock to happen on the Interstate highway,
          but I kept my cool, pulled the cigarette lighter power cord
          for the GPS, rolled down the window to clear the smoke out of
          the car., then slid the power switch on the device to OFF,
          took it off the magnetic mount bracket, and unplugged the
          cable to my Kenwood D710.


          haven't had a chance yet to open the GPS up, so I'm wondering
          if anything is salvageable. If it was just the battery going
          bad, can I get another battery, or is the rest of the
          circuitry toast?


        Anyone else ever
          have a "feature" like this?

          Pavlin, KA2DDO
        author of YAAC



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