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[aprssig] Lat. / Long. Expressions

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Tue Sep 11 17:05:51 UTC 2007

Couple of points here.

Both representations are correct.  There are acceptable use methods for 
both, and for several others, as some have posted here.

By convention in the real world, e.g., that of the geodesist or 
cartogrpher, we tend to use the convention of North, East positive. 
Thus, my rough location would be 30-36-16, -96-22-30, or, roughly 
30.55N, 96.255W.  Most of us can translate the various systems.

The National Geodetic Survey tends to promote North/West positive to 
support geodetic surveyors and make their lives slightly easier. 
They've also created local-projection state-plane systems to ease the 
calculations for said surveyors.

Realize that within the APRS community there is a normative approach 
(although I'd hesitate to call it a "standard" in the formal sense) that 
should be followed, else someone else will tell you how wrong you are.

gerry n5jxs

KB5ILY - Travis W. Burton wrote:
> Hi,
> In doing some online research I find that one website has my local
> hospital's location listed as 34-07-21.3 N, 093-05-25.6 W.  Yet another
> site has it listed as 34.12258  -93.09044.
> Is one way better or worse than the other, and why ?  (I know, I had to
> throw that last part in there, ha ha)
> 73 de Travis  KB5ILY
> --
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