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JohnOS
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      06-06-2007, 06:15 PM
Hi,
Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
(or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?

Thanks,
John
 
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Robert Peffers.
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      06-06-2007, 07:39 PM

"JohnOS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
> (or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
> North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
> map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?
>
> Thanks,
> John

TomTom has a system.
Tap screen.
Tap, "Navigate to".
Tap the scroll arrow.
Tap, "Latitude longitude"
and enter your co-ordinates.

You get the choice of North/south and East/West.
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Robert Peffers,
Kelty,
Fife,
Scotland, (UK).


 
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Jack Erbes
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      06-07-2007, 01:08 AM
JohnOS wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
> (or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
> North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
> map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?


Virtually all handheld gps receivers will do that and so will most
modern automotive types. You are basically describing what is a
waypoint. Those get called a number of different names in some newer
models like favorites, destinations, etc.

And the RS-232 capability is fading some as USB comes more into use, but
it is still pretty widely available.

If you want to tell us more about where and how you want to use it we
can probably recommend some specific makes and models.

Jack
 
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JohnOS
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      06-07-2007, 02:13 AM
Jack Erbes wrote:
> JohnOS wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>> (or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>> North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>> map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?

>
>
> Virtually all handheld gps receivers will do that and so will most
> modern automotive types. You are basically describing what is a
> waypoint. Those get called a number of different names in some newer
> models like favorites, destinations, etc.
>
> And the RS-232 capability is fading some as USB comes more into use, but
> it is still pretty widely available.
>
> If you want to tell us more about where and how you want to use it we
> can probably recommend some specific makes and models.
>
> Jack


Hi,
First, thanks for the replys. Much appreciated.
The GPS model I have is a recently purchased Evesham Nav-Cam 6400, with
AA Navigator 2007 maps. This is a small hand-held unit (although it
came with car window mounting brackets).

I'm trying to enter map co-ordinates directly into this unit (as part
of a treasure-hunt adventure game - clues will be given in the form of
map co-ordinates). These co-ordinates could possibly be half way up
a mountain or someplace accessable only on foot.

Unless I've missed it in the menus, there doesn't appear to be any way
to do this on this system. It does have a favourites menu, but nothing
where I can type in co-ordinates. And the manual isn't particularly
informative. So I'm looking for an alternative system.

That TomTom sounds interesting - but which model has this feature?

Thanks,
John

 
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Carl
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      06-07-2007, 08:16 AM
JohnOS wrote:
> Jack Erbes wrote:
>> JohnOS wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>>> (or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>>> North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>>> map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?

>>
>>
>> Virtually all handheld gps receivers will do that and so will most
>> modern automotive types. You are basically describing what is a
>> waypoint. Those get called a number of different names in some newer
>> models like favorites, destinations, etc.
>>
>> And the RS-232 capability is fading some as USB comes more into use,
>> but it is still pretty widely available.
>>
>> If you want to tell us more about where and how you want to use it we
>> can probably recommend some specific makes and models.
>>
>> Jack

>
> I'm trying to enter map co-ordinates directly into this unit (as part
> of a treasure-hunt adventure game - clues will be given in the form of
> map co-ordinates). These co-ordinates could possibly be half way up
> a mountain or someplace accessable only on foot.
>
> Unless I've missed it in the menus, there doesn't appear to be any way
> to do this on this system. It does have a favourites menu, but nothing
> where I can type in co-ordinates. And the manual isn't particularly
> informative. So I'm looking for an alternative system.
>
> That TomTom sounds interesting - but which model has this feature?
>

John, I'm not familiar with the Tom-Toms but I can tell you that the Garmin
Nuvi models, such as the 350, are small, portable, battery operated, can be
set to "Pedestrian" use, and definitely allow the entry of coordinates which
it will then map and give you directions to.



 
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Wayne R.
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      06-07-2007, 02:00 PM
Pretty much every handheld model has been doing exactly this for at
least the last 10 years.

The odd thing is that some of the newer 'slicker' models forego these
fundamentals.

So, you won't have a lick of trouble with anything resembling a
traditional model, especially if it's handheld. Newer, fancier units
have a tendency to overlook this stuff.

And just 'cause a new company has a new unit doesn't mean that the
guys who've been making these things all along suddenly forgot how.
Flexibility was built into these things right from the start.



On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:15:39 +0100, JohnOS <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
(with clarity & insight):

>Hi,
> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>(or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?
>
>Thanks,
>John

 
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Robert Peffers.
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      06-07-2007, 07:38 PM

"JohnOS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Jack Erbes wrote:
>> JohnOS wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>>> (or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>>> North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>>> map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?

>>
>>
>> Virtually all handheld gps receivers will do that and so will most modern
>> automotive types. You are basically describing what is a waypoint.
>> Those get called a number of different names in some newer models like
>> favorites, destinations, etc.
>>
>> And the RS-232 capability is fading some as USB comes more into use, but
>> it is still pretty widely available.
>>
>> If you want to tell us more about where and how you want to use it we can
>> probably recommend some specific makes and models.
>>
>> Jack

>
> Hi,
> First, thanks for the replys. Much appreciated.
> The GPS model I have is a recently purchased Evesham Nav-Cam 6400, with
> AA Navigator 2007 maps. This is a small hand-held unit (although it
> came with car window mounting brackets).
>
> I'm trying to enter map co-ordinates directly into this unit (as part
> of a treasure-hunt adventure game - clues will be given in the form of
> map co-ordinates). These co-ordinates could possibly be half way up
> a mountain or someplace accessable only on foot.
>
> Unless I've missed it in the menus, there doesn't appear to be any way
> to do this on this system. It does have a favourites menu, but nothing
> where I can type in co-ordinates. And the manual isn't particularly
> informative. So I'm looking for an alternative system.
>
> That TomTom sounds interesting - but which model has this feature?
>
> Thanks,
> John
>

That rules the TomTom out. As it is a vehicle navigation aid the maps are
only road maps. They do not show off-road details.
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Robert Peffers,
Kelty,
Fife,
Scotland, (UK).


 
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Robert Peffers.
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      06-07-2007, 07:43 PM

"Wayne R." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Pretty much every handheld model has been doing exactly this for at
> least the last 10 years.
>
> The odd thing is that some of the newer 'slicker' models forego these
> fundamentals.
>
> So, you won't have a lick of trouble with anything resembling a
> traditional model, especially if it's handheld. Newer, fancier units
> have a tendency to overlook this stuff.
>
> And just 'cause a new company has a new unit doesn't mean that the
> guys who've been making these things all along suddenly forgot how.
> Flexibility was built into these things right from the start.
>
>
>
> On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:15:39 +0100, JohnOS <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
> (with clarity & insight):
>
>>Hi,
>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>>(or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>>North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>>map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?
>>
>>Thanks,
>>John

The problems you have is not, per see, with the electronic unit but with the
maps they have installed. There are Marine versions for boat use and vehicle
versions for road traffic and I suppose there will be those for off-road
too, but I don't know which ones. I'm sure some of the other posters can put
you right, though.
--

Robert Peffers,
Kelty,
Fife,
Scotland, (UK).


 
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JohnOS
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      06-15-2007, 11:57 PM
Robert Peffers. wrote:
> "Wayne R." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>
>>Pretty much every handheld model has been doing exactly this for at
>>least the last 10 years.
>>
>>The odd thing is that some of the newer 'slicker' models forego these
>>fundamentals.
>>
>>So, you won't have a lick of trouble with anything resembling a
>>traditional model, especially if it's handheld. Newer, fancier units
>>have a tendency to overlook this stuff.
>>
>>And just 'cause a new company has a new unit doesn't mean that the
>>guys who've been making these things all along suddenly forgot how.
>>Flexibility was built into these things right from the start.
>>
>>
>>
>>On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:15:39 +0100, JohnOS <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
>>(with clarity & insight):
>>
>>
>>>Hi,
>>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>>>(or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>>>North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>>>map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?
>>>
>>>Thanks,
>>>John

>
> The problems you have is not, per see, with the electronic unit but with the
> maps they have installed. There are Marine versions for boat use and vehicle
> versions for road traffic and I suppose there will be those for off-road
> too, but I don't know which ones. I'm sure some of the other posters can put
> you right, though.


The handheld Evesham unit I have still shows you where you are, even if
you go off-road through some fields.

J.
 
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Robert Peffers.
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      06-16-2007, 12:46 AM

"JohnOS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Robert Peffers. wrote:
>> "Wayne R." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>>
>>>Pretty much every handheld model has been doing exactly this for at
>>>least the last 10 years.
>>>
>>>The odd thing is that some of the newer 'slicker' models forego these
>>>fundamentals.
>>>
>>>So, you won't have a lick of trouble with anything resembling a
>>>traditional model, especially if it's handheld. Newer, fancier units
>>>have a tendency to overlook this stuff.
>>>
>>>And just 'cause a new company has a new unit doesn't mean that the
>>>guys who've been making these things all along suddenly forgot how.
>>>Flexibility was built into these things right from the start.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:15:39 +0100, JohnOS <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
>>>(with clarity & insight):
>>>
>>>
>>>>Hi,
>>>> Is there a GPS system available whereby you can directly type in
>>>>(or, even better, send electronically by RS232,USB, etc) some given
>>>>North/West coordinates, and have that location displayed on the
>>>>map of the GPS system? Do any GPS's have that feature?
>>>>
>>>>Thanks,
>>>>John

>>
>> The problems you have is not, per see, with the electronic unit but with
>> the maps they have installed. There are Marine versions for boat use and
>> vehicle versions for road traffic and I suppose there will be those for
>> off-road too, but I don't know which ones. I'm sure some of the other
>> posters can put you right, though.

>
> The handheld Evesham unit I have still shows you where you are, even if
> you go off-road through some fields.
>
> J.

Oh! The TomTom still shows you where you are but there is no map details
just a big empty block of colour. I live by a Country Park and I can plot a
point in the park and could return to that point but the map has no details
of the paths, woodlands, fences, hedges and so on. It is, after all a road
map.
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Robert Peffers,
Kelty,
Fife,
Scotland, (UK).


 
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