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[aprssig] Just Discovered! -- Google Maps Seach Responds to Lat/Long Search

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Aug 25 22:01:55 UTC 2005


This could be very useful if you have to give an APRS or GPS position 
report (such as an accident) expressed only in lat/long  to some one 
without a lat/long calibrated map; i.e. an ordinary street map.

Google Maps can interpret lat/long in various formats as well as street 
addresses.


If you go to:
    http://maps.google.com 

and enter a lat/long string like
   34 09.8435N, 118 07.0209W  

instead of an address string like
   1620 Whitefield Road, Pasadena, CA 91104

into the search box at the top of the screen, it will go to the correct 
location!   

It seems to parse degrees-minutes-seconds (DDMMSS),    degrees-decimal 
degrees (DD.dddd),  --and--  the NMEA/GPS/APRS  degrees-minutes-decimal 
minutes (DD MM.mm) format,  with either N/S--E/W or  with +/-    .




Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
EchoLink Node:      14400    [Think bottom of the 2M band]
Home Page:          http://wa8lmf.com

"APRS 101"  Explanation of APRS Path Selection & Digipeating
  http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/DigiPaths

Updated APRS Symbol Chart
  http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/miscinfo/APRS_Symbol_Chart.pdf   

New/Updated "Rev G" APRS     http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/aprs
Symbols Set for UI-View,
UIpoint and APRSplus:




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