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Convertin Decimal Degrees to Something Else

 
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Friar Cadfael
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:30 am    Post subject: Convertin Decimal Degrees to Something Else Reply with quote

Does anyone know of a way to translate decimal degrees to something that I can enter into my Garmin eTrex?
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eagleyes
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cadfael? Loved that book series- haven't thought about them for years-
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrote this little program, you can either enter a DMS at the top or a deciman degree at the bottom and click submit and it will convert it to the three different ways of showing lat long that I have seen:

http://www.sirzman.com/LatLongConverter.cfm

If you have D M.xxx use the top one, just don't fill out the seconds.
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my Garmin etrex Ledgend, I can go into the main menu and into Setup then into Units and there I can change the Position Format from hddd mm.mmm to hddd.ddddd or hddd mm ss.ss

Perhpas that will help you too...
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Convertin Decimal Degrees to Something Else Reply with quote

Friar Cadfael wrote:
Does anyone know of a way to translate decimal degrees to something that I can enter into my Garmin eTrex?


To convert dd.dddd to dd mm.mmm, multiply the .dddd part by 60.

Thus 46.5000 = 46 30.000
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GPSr
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use this one:

http://www.robuck.net/geocaching/convert.php

The maps aren't as cool as Google but they give you a rough indication.
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celticwulf
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Convertin Decimal Degrees to Something Else Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
Friar Cadfael wrote:
Does anyone know of a way to translate decimal degrees to something that I can enter into my Garmin eTrex?


To convert dd.dddd to dd mm.mmm, multiply the .dddd part by 60.

Thus 46.5000 = 46 30.000


*feels good he's not the only one that isn't finding a program to do these conversions...*

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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Pear Head wrote:
Friar Cadfael wrote:
Does anyone know of a way to translate decimal degrees to something that I can enter into my Garmin eTrex?


To convert dd.dddd to dd mm.mmm, multiply the .dddd part by 60.

Thus 46.5000 = 46 30.000



I do like Pear Head does:

Also...if you are looking up driving directions, try www.maporama.com instead of mapquest and you will find the coords that you can key in at the bottom of the map page. (maybe mapquest does this somehow now.... I usually just go to maporama)
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well most GPSs can do the coordinate conversion themselves. However, the low end eTrex models don't have that capability.

You can do the conversion in GPSBabel.

Here are some web sites that do the work also.

http://jeeep.com/details/coord/

http://www.maptown.com/coordinates.html

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html



Lot's of good online mapping tools.
http://www.maps-gps-info.com/cool-map-tools.html


Downloadable Software
http://www.mentorsoftwareinc.com/freebie/FREE1198.HTM


All of the mathamatical forumla's you'll ever need for mapping.
http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/UsefulData/UTMFormulas.HTM


Pay Software for your Pocket PC
http://www.pocketgear.com/software_detail.asp?id=19508

http://www.sekapsoft.com/index_files/CoorConv.htm
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving to Tech Talk.
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is tailored to geocachers.

http://www.fizzymagic.net/Geocaching/GeoCalc/GeoCalc.html

Very nice little program, I've found it indespensible. You can also calculate waypoint projections, nifty for those multis that require it.
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Friar Cadfael
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Conversion Information Request Reply with quote

Thank you - to everyone who responded. I did not expect to get so many replies and so much great information.

You have a loyal member here!
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