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Computer Based Grid Finder???

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KD8KSN, Sep 2, 2010.

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  1. KD8KSN

    KD8KSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Could anyone recommend a computer based program for converting lat/lon to grid squares? I found one called bd_2004, but it is incompatible with Windows 7. I want to be able to take my GPS out in the field, get my latitude and longitude from it, and then punch it into the program and get my grid square.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maidenhead Locator System (aka Grid Squares)

    There's a web-based Maidenhead Locator here on the Zed: You enter the values in degrees-decimal (not degrees/minutes/seconds).
  3. KD8KSN

    KD8KSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for the reply! I am actually looking for something that is not web based.... a program I can download and take anywhere without needing internet capabilities.
  4. N4CYA

    N4CYA QRZ MODERATOR Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

  5. KD8KSN

    KD8KSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Perfect! Thank you for the help!
  6. N5NA

    N5NA Ham Member QRZ Page

    What GPS is it? Some allow you to set the coordinate system to Maidenhead Grid so you can read the grid directly from the GPS.
  7. KD8KSN

    KD8KSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is a Garmin Venture HC.... I am pretty sure it does not have that function. That would be nice, but this works as well.
  8. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Did you scroll through all the Position Format Options? I downloaded the manual and it is on page 42. Garmin usually includes it on their GPS receivers intended for hiking--but not for many of their auto GPS devices.
  9. N5NA

    N5NA Ham Member QRZ Page

    According to the descriptions online it does have Maidenhead.

    "Garmin eTrex Venture HC Hand Held Receiver w/ Built іח GPS Patch Antenna... ....Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, user grid, аחԁ more..."

    Look in the menu under Units Setup > Position Format or Map Datum.
  10. KD8KSN

    KD8KSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you both for the replies!

    I got my mouth ahead of my thinking today..... After talking with a friend, he came to the same conclusion that you both did - the Venture HC does have that capability. For some reason I did not dig into the menu before posting the question.... Thank you for all the tips!
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