Direct entry of North/West coordinates?

Discussion in 'General GPS' started by JohnOS, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. JohnOS

    JohnOS Guest

    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
     
    JohnOS, Jun 6, 2007
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  2. "JohnOS" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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.
    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Jun 6, 2007
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  3. JohnOS

    Jack Erbes Guest

    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
     
    Jack Erbes, Jun 7, 2007
    #3
  4. JohnOS

    JohnOS Guest

    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
     
    JohnOS, Jun 7, 2007
    #4
  5. JohnOS

    Carl Guest

    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.
     
    Carl, Jun 7, 2007
    #5
  6. JohnOS

    Wayne R. Guest

    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 <> 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
     
    Wayne R., Jun 7, 2007
    #6
  7. "JohnOS" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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.
    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Jun 7, 2007
    #7
  8. "Wayne R." <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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 <> 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).
     
    Robert Peffers., Jun 7, 2007
    #8
  9. JohnOS

    JohnOS Guest

    Robert Peffers. wrote:
    > "Wayne R." <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >>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 <> 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.
     
    JohnOS, Jun 16, 2007
    #9
  10. "JohnOS" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Robert Peffers. wrote:
    >> "Wayne R." <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>
    >>>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 <> 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.
    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Jun 16, 2007
    #10
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