[aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6

n4lbl alan.schulman at gmail.com
Mon May 9 10:28:02 CDT 2016


Yes, let AvMap know.  In the '80s a then-called mini-computer that my
employer was responsible for burnt up.  The Bureau of Standards analysis
identified three individually trivial changes to the power plug from the
original design which combined into a real danger.  I hope that AvMap wants
to see it and replace it.

Alan,,,   n4lbl

On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Scott Miller via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org>
wrote:

> 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.
>
> Scott
> N1VG
>
>
> On 5/8/2016 4:50 PM, Andrew Pavlin via aprssig wrote:
>
> I 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.
>
> I 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?
>
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
> author of YAAC
>
>
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