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Thread: Important information concerning depending on SPOT for rescue

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    Exclamation GPS/Phone coords

    Great thread on location technology……as many have heard my rants/discussions…..I’m a retired EMS Helo pilot (27 years), and obviously old timer Beemer guy (42 years)….
    Everyone should know how to read their Lats & Longs on their phone !!!! This info is critical if you need a helo, or ground ambulance. Dispatchers can convert Lat/Long to street. address, or vice versa.
    Iphones have this capability on the “compass” app if activated; there are other apps avail now also….

    Please practice this issue RIGHT NOW !!! I also recc keeping your phone on your person when riding….
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie View Post

    Please practice this issue RIGHT NOW !!! I also recc keeping your phone on your person when riding….
    Thanks for the reminder. I used to have a app to send my location but see it disappeared.
    On a Android phone if you hold down on the Google Map display you can see the coord, but I have to remember to hold the phone in Landscape to see all of the numbers.
    Just now I installed the app Map Coordinates. When you open the app it displays the coord and closest street address.
    The Map Coordinates app would be the easiest for me, but I need to make sure I know how to change to the app while talking on the cell phone.
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    I sure hope these SPOTs are a lot better than when they first came out, with users not getting through when under certain conditions (tree cover or in a gorge, etc).

    Some time ago, claims were that they got better and based on newer models that came out.

    But when it comes to live saving and especially in remote areas:
    1) I count on myself and being prepared. That depends on the stuff beteen my ears and equipment such as a PLB, sat-phone, first aid kit and emergency equipment.
    2) then I count on back-ups such as flight plans and lastly flight notifications when I flew.

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    The Apple App Store has an app titled "My GPS Coordinates". It is free and shows location in 5 different formats - selectable, one at a time of course: degrees/decimal degrees; degrees and minutes/decimal minutes; degrees, minutes, and seconds/decimal seconds; and, UTM and MGRS (whatever those last two are???).

    I really like this app.
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    It gets even more confusing. Different countries use different Geodetic Survey datums. The US uses WGS-84 and Canada uses NAD-83. Fortunately, the difference is only a few meters.

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    Well done !!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Thanks for the reminder. I used to have a app to send my location but see it disappeared.
    On a Android phone if you hold down on the Google Map display you can see the coord, but I have to remember to hold the phone in Landscape to see all of the numbers.
    Just now I installed the app Map Coordinates. When you open the app it displays the coord and closest street address.
    The Map Coordinates app would be the easiest for me, but I need to make sure I know how to change to the app while talking on the cell phone.
    Well done Lee !!!
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