Re: GPS Accuracy
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 10:20:14 -0400
> Yes it is good to know how to use a map, something that every scout should
> know, but nowdays there are the GPS units that have the map programmed in
> it. For example the GPS 3 by Garmin. It has major roads, trails, lakes,
> cities, rivers, ranges... That is just one example. So you dont need to
> know how to use a map in conjuction with a GPS in some cases or with some
> GPS units.
True enough, but the only way to really learn how to use a map is . . .
to use a map! Passively following the clues on a GPS is not the same as
actively participating in determining your location using a map and
either dead reckoning/compass/landmarks (the old-fashioned way) or GPS.
I'm afraid the "speed dial" phemomenon may set in, where the failure to
be actively involved in the activity results in a loss of ability to do
the activity when not mechanically supported. Also helpful when the
batteries die! ;-)
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
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