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« on: April 23, 2006, 12:29:29 AM »
Went to Dallas today, Saturday, to stimulate the economy at REI - and boy did I do my fair share of stimulation, good thing I don't live close by an REI, and this doesn't even include the 3/4 tank of gas.  Of course, if I lived close to an REI I'd probably try to get a P/T job there for some discounts and a little bit of scratch.    But, anyway, to the point of this post,  I needed to easily be able to find a freinds address in Plano and thought I'd do it by GPS instead of a map or directions.  But, I needed to turn the physical address into Lat/Lon - and of course, someone on the net had already anticipated my needs and here it is - turn any address into Lat/Lon GPS coordinates.

Now, for a short discourse on how I input the lat/lon into the GPS manually when I wasn't actually at the point.  Took me a few minutes to figure it out.  There might be other ways and certainly I could have gone into the Garmin software, created the point, and downloaded it, but that was too much trouble at midnight.  So, I created a waypoint at my current location and was able to EDIT the lat/lon on the GPS unit and change it to the location I was looking for.  

Now, the sotware from the above URL returned the results in the format of hddd.ddddd and my normal setting on the GPS is in the format of hdddmm.mmm.  So, I just went to settings and units on the GPS and "temporarily" changed the units so I could input them coordinates in the format presented from the website w/o having to convert them.  I guess this leads back to the discussion that WL2 had a while back on a standard of units, but I've noticed different websites present them in different formats, but all do seem to use the WGS84 datum as a defacto standard.

Pretty cool eh :?:  :roll:


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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006, 08:12:42 AM »
You could stimulate the economy even more and get the City Navigator v7 from Garmin.  It allow you to look up addresses from your gps and navigate to them without lat/long.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 12:33:02 PM »
If I lived in a big city and looked for things all the time, then it would probably already be in my backpack, but in a small town I really don't need anything like that.  ALL I WANT IS THE JOB @ BIBE - PARK SUPERINTENDENT SHANEA.  In case anyone wants to look at this product,

I weally weally want to get the Garmin Units that do real time weather from XM, once the price comes down a lot.



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