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TitleGPS for Dummies (ISBN - 0764569333)
TagsFor Dummies
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Total Pages410
Table of Contents
                            GPS For Dummies
	About the Author
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
		Who This Book Is For
		Setting Some GPS Expectations
		How This Book Is Organized
		Some Opening Thoughts
	Part I: All About Digital Maps
		Chapter 1: Getting Started with Digital Maps
			What Is a Digital Map?
			Mapping Programs
			Using Digital Maps
			Mapping Software: The Essentials
		Chapter 2: Dissecting Maps
			Discovering the Types of Maps
			Figuring Out Map Projections
			Map Datums
			Working with Map Coordinate Systems
			Measuring Map Scales
			Looking at Map Symbols
			Digital Map Data
	Part II: All About GPS
		Chapter 3: GPS Fundamentals
			What Is GPS?
			How GPS Works
			Information from GPS Receivers
			GPS Receiver Features
			The Future of GPS
		Chapter 4: Grasping Important GPS Concepts
			Linking GPS, Maps, and Coordinate Systems
			Understanding GPS and Datums
			Setting Waypoints
			Following Routes
			Making Tracks
		Chapter 5: Selecting and Getting Started with a GPS Receiver
			Selecting a GPS Receiver
			Becoming Familiar with Your New GPS Receiver
			Powering Your GPS Receiver
			Initializing Your GPS Receiver
			Changing Receiver Settings
			Using Your GPS Receiver
		Chapter 6: Using GPS with a PDA
			Choosing between a GPS Receiver and a PDA
			Interfacing Your PDA to a GPS Receiver
			Reviewing PDA Mapping Software
		Chapter 7: Geocaching
			Geocaching: The High-Tech Scavenger Hunt
			Getting Started Geocaching
			Hiding a Cache
			Geocaching Etiquette
			Internet Geocaching Resources
	Part III: Digital Mapping on Your Computer
		Chapter 8: Digital Mapping Hardware Considerations
			Digital Mapping Software Choices
			Processing Power
			Storage Capacity
			Display Equipment
			Communication Capabilities
		Chapter 9: Interfacing a GPS Receiver to a Computer
			About (Inter) Face: Connectivity Rules
			Anatomy of a Link: Understanding the Interface Process
			Untangling Cables
			Understanding Ports and Protocols
			Managing Memory
			Transferring GPS Data
			Troubleshooting Connection Problems
			Uploading Firmware Revisions to Your GPS Receiver
		Chapter 10: Using GPS Manufacturer Mapping Software
			Understanding Universal Principles of GPS Map Software
			Reviewing GPS Manufacturer Software
		Chapter 11: Finding Places and Coordinates
			Finding Your Way with Online Gazetteers
			Converting Coordinates
		Chapter 12: On the Road with DeLorme Street Atlas USA
			Discovering Street Atlas USA Features
			Navigating Street Atlas USA
			Finding an Address with Street Atlas USA
			Getting from Here to There with Street Atlas USA
			Moving Maps with Earthmate
			Other Street Navigation Software
		Chapter 13: On the Ground with Maptech Terrain Navigator
			Discovering Terrain Navigator
			Displaying Maps and Finding Places
			Navigating a Terrain Navigator Map
			Planning a Trip with Terrain Navigator
			Understanding Terrain Elevation
			Reviewing Other Topographic Map Software
		Chapter 14: From the Air with USAPhotoMaps
			Enhancing TerraServer-USA with USAPhotoMaps
			Discovering USAPhotoMaps Features
			Getting the Most from Aerial Photos
			Creating and Using Multiple Map Files
			Saving Aerial Photos
			Interfacing with a GPS receiver
			Reviewing Other Aerial Photo Software
		Chapter 15: Creating and Using Digital Maps with OziExplorer
			Discovering OziExplorer Features
			Moving from Paper to Digital Maps
		Chapter 16: Going Three Dimensional with 3DEM
			Comparing 2-D and 3-D Maps
			Discovering 3DEM Capabilities
			Using DEM Data to Create a Map
			Creating a 3-D Map
			Manipulating the 3-D Scene Window
			Saving and Printing a 3DEM Scene
			Overlaying Digital Raster Graphics Data
			Reviewing Other 3DEM Features
			Other 3-D Mapping Software
	Part IV: Using Web-hosted Mapping Services
		Chapter 17: Saving and Editing Street Maps
			Saving Maps
			Editing a Map
		Chapter 18: Navigating Web Road Maps
			Using Street Map Web Sites
			Reviewing Street Map Web Sites
		Chapter 19: Exploring Web Topographic Maps
			Using Web-hosted Topographic Maps
			Reviewing Topographic Map Web Sites
		Chapter 20: Overhead Image Web Sites
			Using Web Aerial and Satellite Images
			Reviewing Aerial and Satellite Image Web Sites
	Part V: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 21: Ten Great GPS and Map Web Sites
			Comprehensive GPS Information
			Current GPS News and Helpful Advice
			Technical GPS Information
			Free Maps
			Expert Desktop Mapping Guidance
			Definitive Terrain Modeling Information
		Chapter 22: Ten Map Printing Tips
			Make Your Paper Count
			Print in Color
			Print the Scale
			Print UTM Grids
			Use Waterproof Paper
			Waterproof Your Plain Paper
			Print More Map Area
			Put North at the Top
			Use the Best Page Orientation
			Beware of False Economy
		Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Athletes
			General GPS Tips for Athletes
			GPS Products for Athletes
			GPS Tips for Specific Sports
Document Text Contents
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by Joel McNamara



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� County Name: If you click the County Name button, a drop-down list box
shows all the counties in the currently selected state.

If you know the county where the feature is located, enter it to speed up
your search.

� Feature Type: The Feature Type drop-down list box contains all the fea-
ture types, such as bridges, canals, lakes, and populated places. If you
know what the feature is, select its type.

� Elevation Range: The Elevation Range text boxes let you search for fea-
tures that occur at a certain height range; use feet when entering the
range values.

� Topo Map Name: You can confine a search to features only found within
a United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute topographic map
by entering the map’s exact name.

Follow these steps to perform a basic search for a feature:

1. Go to the GNIS Web site at

2. Click the Query GNIS: U.S. and Territories link.

3. Enter the feature name that you want to search for in the Feature
Name text box.

4. From the State or Territory drop-down list box, select the state where
the feature is located.

5. Click the Send Query button.

183Chapter 11: Finding Places and Coordinates

Finding street address coordinates
Commercial services can provide the informa-
tion latitude and longitude of a particular street
address, such as (you can
test drive their Eagle geocoding technology for
free), but here’s also another free and easy

1. Go to the
site and enter a street address.

2. Select an aerial photo of the location.

An aerial photo displaying the street
address of the location is displayed with a
pushpin icon shown on top of the address.

3. When the photo is displayed, click the Info
link at the top of the page.

A grid appears over the aerial photo with
the latitude and longitude coordinates of the

The accuracy of this information varies, but
usually it puts you in the general vicinity of the
address you want. If you really want precise
information, visit the address with a GPS
receiver and record the coordinates.

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The more you narrow a search, the faster it is. For example, if you know the
county where a feature is located, select it. If you don’t know much informa-
tion about the feature, be patient. The GNIS server can be pretty slow.

If GNIS finds any records that match your search criteria, it lists all the
matching features. Figure 11-2 shows that a search for Horse Butte found
three matches. Information about the features includes

� Feature name

� State

� County

� Feature type

� Latitude and longitude

� USGS 7.5 minute map that the feature appears on

If you aren’t sure which result you need, use this information to narrow your

Figure 11-2:


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