[aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6

Charles Doughtie n5exy at yahoo.com
Mon May 9 11:17:33 CDT 2016

A failure like this is potentially fatal - AvMap should be as concerned as much as we are. I have been considering upgrading to one.
I hope we are kept informed of the results. "The World Wonders".

de Charlie, N5EXY, Grid EM10fl, 
South Suburban Greater Hutto

"Do not be afraid to review your anatomy books before a surgical case as only God and first year medical students know anatomy."   
Dr. RED Duke.

      From: spam8mybrain via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org>
 To: Scott Miller <scott at opentrac.org>; TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org> 
 Sent: Monday, May 9, 2016 10:20 AMtl
 Subject: Re: [aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6
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 

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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:
  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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