Riding in Scotland this week?

War games may jam your GPS computer

Nato military exercise in the Scottish Highlands includes use of GPS jamming equipment – so get out your map and compass

statement released by Ofcom1. The Joint Warrior Nato training operations involve military forces from the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

>>> Cycling GPS units: buyer s guide2

According to Ofcom, any use of GPS for emergency services will over-rule the jamming of satellite signals for the Nato exercise. As in previous exercises, Safety of Life operations will at all time take precedence over exercise activities, Ofcom said in its statement. The BBC reports that the jamming of GPS signals in October 2011 was suspended3 after Western Isles fishermen who reply on GPS to navigate through Scotland s waters lodged a complaint.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland are advising those visiting the area to take a map and compass and know how to use them.


  1. ^ statement released by Ofcom (stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk)
  2. ^ Cycling GPS units: buyer s guide (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ jamming of GPS signals in October 2011 was suspended (www.bbc.co.uk)

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