Strange GPS lock behavior

I can get a stable GPS lock on my drone on my workbench, no problem.
When I go outside in an open area, on initial power up I can’t get a GPS lock.
I have waited 10 minutes, no lock.
However, if I repower the drone, It gets a GPS lock immediately.
From that point on it will get a GPS lock every time.

Anyone else observed this behavior?

What gps unit are you running?
What firmware?
Can you post some pictures of your setup?

I am using the Navio2 GPS/GNSS.
The firmware is whatever the latest Navio2 stuff is. Downloaded less than 3 weeks ago.
It’s an old F450 frame and motors.
There is a metal plate sandwiched between the plastic for a ground plane.

Hi John,

It looks weird, but it seems that it just needs more time for a GPS lock in a new location. I see you’ve mentioned that you did tests in an open area. However, I just want to point out that a view angle above the horizon matters as well.

Also, I can suggest connecting Navio2 to the u-center and check if it reports GPS lock. You can do it using this guide.

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