GPS settings vary, and if you’re with a group heading out on a hike or hunt, the first thing to do is get on the same page. I’ve been using UTM for years, at the advice of navigation expert Blake Miller. Here is how to convert old settings to UTM.
by Blake Miller
A friend gives you coordinates to the best fishing hole in the state. The coordinates are in UTM (Universal Transmercator). The problem is, you use only latitude and longitude.
How do you quickly convert from one system to the other?
The answer: Visit this site:
(Editor’s Note: Any GPS or electronic navigation device is as reliable as the batteries powering it. Replace batteries regularly and always take extras. NEVER rely on just a GPS: Your navigation gear is not complete without a reliable magnetic compass and topo map.),Blake Miller
Blake Miller has made a career out of staying found and knowing where he is at all times. His formal navigation training began when he joined the U.S. Navy in 1973. He served as an officer aboard several Navy ships over his twenty-year career; many of those tours included the duty of Navigator. Blake began working with satellite navigation systems at sea in 1976, culminating with the then-new Global Positioning Systems aboard the Battleship WISCONSIN in early 1990.
In 1998 Blake started Outdoor Quest, a business dedicated to backcountry navigation and wilderness survival. Blake has taught classes to wild land firefighters, state agency staffs, Search and Rescue team members, hunters, hikers, skiers, fishermen and equestrians. He regularly teaches classes through the Community Education programs at Central Oregon (Bend) and Chemeketa (Salem, OR) Community Colleges.
As a volunteer, Blake teaches navigation and survival classes, to students in the local school district and conservation groups. He is a member of a Search and Rescue team.
Contact Information :
Phone: 541 280 0573;