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GPS and military coordinates

Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by LittlePig, Aug 11, 2000.

  1. LittlePig

    LittlePig 1/2 ton status

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    DO any GPS units still provide position in military grid coordinates? I prefer using them with the topo maps I have, since I also have the miltary protractor to find the spot.

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    The military uses easting/northing and elevation while civilians use longitude/latitude and elevation. The grid coordinates that you refer too are the first three numbers of the easting and northing. They even use 4 digits to be more accurate.like E 4867 N 8978 EL. 1200 ft. I did this for 8 Years in the army as a 82C. (Field Artillary Surveyor)I've been using GPS since 1989. That unit then was around $5000
     
  3. LittlePig

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    Although my MOS (02D, Bandsman) meant I never had to rely on military coordinates, I do prefer them I know US Cavalry used to sell a GPS unit called the Patriot that could give position in military coordinates for about $200-300. I never heard of it called easting/northing. Our coordinates were just the letters of the gridsquare, followed by the numbers.

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    The letters gave you the big square and the numbers are the easting and northing. Very easy to use just wish I could get the maps like that.(with the squares)
     
  5. LittlePig

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    Standard 1:50,000 topo maps have them. The letter grids were created by the USGS, so any decent topo map will have them.

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    I bought a garmin etrax 3 weeks ago and it has the ability to be set up to read the military grids. i paid 110 for it!
     
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    This is an old post, but I've got a Magellan GPS 315 that provides easting the northing coordinates. I also bought one of the grid overlays that helps find accurate positions on topo maps. Got the GPS at Walmart for $148.

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    Thanks for the info, especially since you dug way back to find this post!

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    Ditto like Harry, have the Magellan 315 (GI Joes for $129 [​IMG]), great units............ah, technology.

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