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McNamara Joel. GPS for Dummies

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McNamara Joel. GPS for Dummies
Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2004. — 409 p. — (For Dummies). — ISBN 0764569333.
GPS For Dummies gives new meaning to finding yourself. In fact, with a GPS (global positioning system) receiver, you can determine precisely where you are anywhere on this planet. If you’re are planning on buying a GPS receiver or if you have one and want to get your money’s worth, this guide tells you what you need to know, including:
Basic GPS principles and concepts such as waypoints, routes, tracks, and coordinate systems
Recommended features for GPS receivers to be used in various types of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, geocaching, hunting, ATVing, mapping, and more
How to do digital mapping on your computer, including software packages you can use to work with aerial photos, topographic maps, and road maps
The main providers of digital map data for the U.S. and their Web sites
The scoop on geocaching—a high-tech treasure hunt
Written by Joel McNamara, avid outdoorsman, adventure racer, search and rescue team member, and author of Secrets of Computer Espionage, GPS for Dummies is ideal for both ordinary travelers and exotic explorers. It covers a world of GPS info such as:
Choosing features for a GPS receiver, including the screen, an alarm, built-in maps, an electric compass, an altimeter, antennas, interface modes, and more
Systems for traveling on the main roads and systems for exploring off the beaten path
Using GPS with a PDA (personal digital assistant)
Computer requirements for different mapping choices
Topographic map software from Maptech, DeLorme, and National Geographic that’s for off-road use
Using Web-hosted mapping services, including street maps, topographic maps, aerial photos, and U.S. government-produced maps
Incorporating GPS receivers into outdoor workouts, with tips for specific sports including cycling, golf, rowing, and more
A companion Web site has links to all kinds of free maps and resources. So explore on your computer and then explore for real! With GPS for Dummies, you’ll find yourself having adventures!
The Dummies Way
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
Understand how GPS works
Discover how to select and use GPS receivers
Find places and coordinates
Choose and get the most from mapping software
Get into geocaching
Navigate Web maps
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