±Recent Visitors

Recent Visitors to Com-Central!

±User Info-big


Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: cgsimpson
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 6646

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 111
Total: 111
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Downloads
02: Photo Gallery
03: Community Forums
04: Photo Gallery
05: Community Forums
06: Community Forums
07: Community Forums
08: Statistics
09: Community Forums
10: Community Forums
11: Community Forums
12: Home
13: Community Forums
14: Community Forums
15: Community Forums
16: Community Forums
17: Community Forums
18: Community Forums
19: Community Forums
20: CPGlang
21: Community Forums
22: Community Forums
23: Community Forums
24: Community Forums
25: Photo Gallery
26: Home
27: Community Forums
28: Community Forums
29: Photo Gallery
30: Home
31: Photo Gallery
32: Community Forums
33: Home
34: Community Forums
35: Community Forums
36: Community Forums
37: Home
38: Community Forums
39: Community Forums
40: Community Forums
41: Community Forums
42: Community Forums
43: Community Forums
44: Home
45: CPGlang
46: Photo Gallery
47: Home
48: Community Forums
49: Community Forums
50: CPGlang
51: CPGlang
52: Community Forums
53: CPGlang
54: Home
55: Community Forums
56: Community Forums
57: Photo Gallery
58: Community Forums
59: Community Forums
60: CPGlang
61: Community Forums
62: Community Forums
63: Your Account
64: Community Forums
65: Photo Gallery
66: Home
67: Community Forums
68: Community Forums
69: Home
70: Home
71: Community Forums
72: Community Forums
73: Community Forums
74: Downloads
75: Community Forums
76: Home
77: Community Forums
78: Downloads
79: Photo Gallery
80: Community Forums
81: CPGlang
82: Community Forums
83: Community Forums
84: Community Forums
85: CPGlang
86: Community Forums
87: Photo Gallery
88: Community Forums
89: Downloads
90: Community Forums
91: Photo Gallery
92: Community Forums
93: Community Forums
94: Community Forums
95: Community Forums
96: CPGlang
97: Community Forums
98: Your Account
99: Home
100: Member Screenshots
101: Community Forums
102: CPGlang
103: Your Account
104: Community Forums
105: Your Account
106: Home
107: Your Account
108: Home
109: Community Forums
110: Community Forums
111: Community Forums

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
GPS Co-ordinates for Preserved Vehicles
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
Post new topic    Reply to topic    Printer Friendly Page     Forum Index ›  AFV News Discussion Board

View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
TrevorLarkum
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Sep 16, 2007
Posts: 1596
Location: Northampton, England
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:57 pm
Post subject: GPS Co-ordinates for Preserved Vehicles

Guys, please can I request that whenever you post information on preserved vehicles that you include the GPS co-ordinates if you have them.

I'm prompted to mention this now because of Joe_D's post:

- Joe_D
Kurt,

I noticed you posted the GPS co-ordinates, I started logging them too with all the recent confimations I got in KY and TN. I just didn't post them. I think it works much better than just an address


but it is self-evidently a great approach. I've been working with this idea for a while, since learning about geocaching with tanks, and I collected GPS co-ordinates for most of the tanks in Normandy while I was there.

Of course, if you don't have a satnav it's not an issue, but if you have got one it's not much extra trouble to record the GPS. And anyone who's tried to visit a preserved tank knows how hard it can be to track down the location based on someone else's directions. It can also be used for 'disambiguation', i.e. where two people are talking about two different tanks near each other and there's some confusion over identities (e.g. Churchill or Sherman tanks on the Normandy beaches).

Myself, I've invested in a Navman satnav that produces Navpix (it has a camera that takes a picture with an embedded GPS location) - I suspect it's pretty unusual but I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has one.

Otherwise creating Point of Interest files (POI) might be the easiest way of sharing GPS locations. I made one while in Normandy and, with the satnav setup right, as you move around it highlights the location of the nearest tanks (with optional alarm, etc). I see it as no less than a rovolution in tracking down or revisiting preserved tanks (and I wish I had it when I started 25 years ago!).

_________________
Trevor

Dr Trevor Larkum
Preserved Tanks: PreservedTanks.com
Armour Archive: ArmourArchive.co.uk
EVs
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website
Kurt_Laughlin
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 24, 2006
Posts: 577

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:45 pm
Post subject: Re: GPS Co-ordinates for Preserved Vehicles

For the ones I most recently listed I didn't use my GPS receiver. I knew the map locations and used one of the tools in MS Streets & Trips mapping program to find the coordinates. I've checked the tool and found it to be in very good agreement with my ca. 2000 receiver, say within 100 ft. Even with errors in the placement of streets in the program you should be able to get within direct sight of the tank by using this method.

Another non-receiver method is to use Virtual Earth. For example, if I go to Share and Copy to Clipboard the link to a centered image I get:

http: //maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=39.944428~-83.257071&style=a&lvl=19&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=4958106&encType=1

Embedded in there is 39.944428 and 83.25707 which are the latitude and longitude. Knowing that this is in the USA, it is N and W respectively. I'm sure Google Earth has the same or better tools.

KL
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Doug_Kibbey
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 23, 2006
Posts: 4677
Location: The Great Satan
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:11 pm
Post subject: Re: GPS Co-ordinates for Preserved Vehicles

I've just become acqainted with Googlearth and it's quite precise. It has a special "Military" area on the forum, though you are well advised to make sure your placemarks have not been previously posted. I've noted a few for just tanks in unusual places and made a few of my own (most not shared, but I did post the 5th Cav Rgt. in Brasil, for example, where I'd posted pics from on the old board).

The Military Google Earth Community forum, which can be fun to spool through is here:

bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/po...thMilitary

You can view the "view in Google maps" view without having downloaded the program.
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
TrevorLarkum
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Sep 16, 2007
Posts: 1596
Location: Northampton, England
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:32 pm
Post subject: Re: GPS Co-ordinates for Preserved Vehicles

Good points, guys - so someone can work out the GPS co-ordinates even without a satnav if they know the location well enough. And of course from the GPS co-ordinates you can find a real world location in whatever mapping system you want (Google Earth, Virtual Earth, conventional maps, etc.).

Sounds like we should aim for GPS co-ordinates whenever practical.

_________________
Trevor

Dr Trevor Larkum
Preserved Tanks: PreservedTanks.com
Armour Archive: ArmourArchive.co.uk
EVs
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Reply to topic    Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index ›  AFV News Discussion Board
Page 1 of 1
All times are GMT - 6 Hours



Jump to:  


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum