[Tweeters] Location tools

AnnMarie Wood amw.5737 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 19 13:52:36 PDT 2016


Thanks, Jane. Will give it a try.
Ann Narie Wood


On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725 at gmail.com> wrote:


> Good to know, Wally, that Google can handle the degrees-minutes-seconds

> format. I just tried it and you are correct, so no converting to decimal

> format is necessary. That is a change for Google, I believe, because in

> the past, when I input degrees, minutes, seconds format to Google Maps, my

> recollection is either that it placed me half way across the world or just

> declined to process it. But Google is constantly updating and improving the

> functionality of its various apps, so I should not be surprised.

>

> Jane Hadley

> Seattle, WA

>

> On 03/19/2016 10:36 AM, Wally Davis wrote:

>

> Thanks Jane; great job.

>

>

>

> I was mulling over how to explain use of a GPS. One comment though is

> that Google will read the degrees, minutes, seconds format even though it

> outputs in decimal degrees. If you use a phone, tablet, or camera in the

> field you probably get your position in degrees, minutes, seconds. Giving

> either format will allow everyone to see the location on Google.

>

>

>

> Wally Davis

>

> Snohomish

>

>

>

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> *On Behalf Of *Jane Hadley

> *Sent:* Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:17 AM

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> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Location tools

>

>

>

>

> Hello Tweesters--

>

> Kevin Lucas recommended a free phone app that he likes for sharing

> location information by providing longitude and latitude coordinates.

>

> I'd also like to recommend a free phone app that I use Called "GPS Test."

>

> The GPS Test app for Android reads and displays GPS information from your

> phone's internal GPS.

>

> Because it's a GPS app, it is not dependent upon Internet access, which is

> fortunate, given that we birders are often in remote areas without Internet

> access.

>

> On my phone (a Nexus 6P), this app tells me my latitude and longitude

> coordinates, my heading in degrees, my altitude, the time, my location on a

> map, and the speed at which I am traveling.

>

> I use it most often for the lat-long coordinates and especially to get my

> altitude.

>

> The GPS Test app allows you to share or save the lat-long coordinates in a

> number of ways, including email, text message, Twitter, Keep, or copy to

> clipboard. (Probably Facebook, too, but I don't have Facebook on my phone,

> so I can't say for sure.)

>

> The GPS Test app is available at:

> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest&hl=en

>

> I do not know whether it is available for the iPhone.

>

> Ann Marie Wood said in a post that "GPS coordinates sound like a good idea

> but, frankly, I've never figured out how to use them, with or without my

> Garmin or IPhone."

>

> On Google Maps using the Chrome or Firefox browser (and possibly other

> browsers as well), here is how you can obtain lat-long coordinates for a

> particular spot on the map.

>

> Click on a spot on the map and a small label will pop up at the bottom of

> your screen giving the coordinates. First, click on those coordinates in

> the little box. Then on the blue and white panel on the left, click on the

> "Share" icon and copy the link. (If you want a shorter, more manageable

> version of this link, check the "Short Link" box.)

>

> Once you've copied the link with the coordinates, you can paste it into a

> text, email message or document. The recipient can paste the link into the

> address bar of his/her browser and be shown immediately the spot on the map.

>

> Now here is how you can use GPS coordinates that you are given to find a

> spot on the map.

>

> The first thing to note is that latitude and longitude coordinates can be

> given in several different formats. The ones used by Google are in the

> decimal format: for example, 47.669605, -121.926026

>

> The ones we may be familiar with from our school years are given in the

> degrees, minutes, seconds format: 41°25'01"N and 120°58'57"W

>

> If you have coordinates in the degrees-minutes-seconds format, you'll need

> to convert them to decimal format for use in Google maps.

>

> There are many converters between these formats online. Here's a simple

> and easy one:

> https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/dms-decimal

>

> The GPS Test app that I recommended above displays the lat-long

> coordinates in the degrees-minutes-seconds format, which you would need to

> convert to decimal format to use on Google maps. However, if you use the

> "share" function in GPS Test to save or send the coordinates, the app

> actually saves them in a URL (i.e., http// link) using Google-compatible

> decimal coordinates, so no conversion is necessary. Just click on the link

> or paste it into your browser's address bar.

>

> If you have Google-compatible decimal coordinates rather than a URL,

> simply go to Google maps and paste the coordinates into the map search box

> and you will be taken to the spot.

>

> You can click on the directions icon (blue diamond with white arrow) to be

> given directions to the spot. You can also use Google Maps' "Satellite

> View" and "Street View" functions to see exactly how the roads and

> intersections look, though Street View often isn't available on remote

> roads. And Google Maps is certainly not infallible. As several people have

> mentioned, if you're in particularly difficult locations, it might be

> better to have directions from a person who is familiar with the area.

>

> Jane Hadley

> Seattle, WA

>

>

>

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