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2009-12-27 18:48:44
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Review of a handy coordinates converter
I got a handy iPhone application last week that would be a useful addition for any walkers with an iPhone. It is called OS Grid to GPS Coordinate Converter, and it was only 79 cents. It does exactly what is says on the tin - you can key in the grid ref from your OS map or hiking gps - say a walk starting point on a road - and it will convert to the coordinates that car sat-nav units use. You can then input into your sat-nav and navigate to that spot. This is handy as it prevents you from having to spend time working out the driving route in detail to reach a starting point. There are many who shun modern technology and pray for the day the satellites will fall from the sky. If you are the type of person who only uses paper maps then skip this report. If you have a gps then read on..

I used it recently by inputting the grid reference Harry Goodman gave for the access road for Carrigatuke in the Cooley/Gullions. (H90203 31736) This converted to 6 37 00W 54 13 35N. I input this into my car sat nav and it brought me precisely there!

It has another use. It is generally agreed that giving grid refs when posting reports on MV is useful. But not everyone has a gps, or wants to work out grid references from the map. This application can capture grid refs at any place, which could subsequently be used in walk reports. I found it to be accurate to within 45 metres which is not a bad margin for recording summit information. Equally, if you use your car sat-nav to record a location, you can convert these units into the OS grid reference so you can look it up on your OS map later. (I once took my car sat-nav up Carrick Mountain when I forgot my regular gps. I recorded the summit coordinates on it but had difficulty converting to the OS grid reference afterwards. This application answers this problem!)

It seems daft that car sat-navs cant operate in both Irish Grid and GPS coordinates. Until they do, this application will bridge that gap by converting between the two. And it's only 79 cents!
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