I'm looking for a preferred unit set up defined. Is there some standard? There are many different formats and I'd like to find out what they are intended for in a typical usage. The reason being is that besides from being a typical drive to here/there, I'm also a hiker... and in an emergency what is preferred?
So in the US, typical use that I see are:
degrees, minutes, sec
degrees, decimal minutes
US National Grid
So What are they designed for if any?
They all say the same thing. For example, if you are looking at a map, the latitude and longitude may be easier to locate with degrees, minutes and seconds if that is how the lat/long lines are labeled. With the GPSr, generally the lat/long are specified in decimal degrees. That is the lat/long in degrees, and the minutes and seconds combined as a decimal equivalent of degrees, For example, 38 degrees and 30 minutes would be 38.5 degrees.
Then use the desimal degree format... Otherwise it has to be converted to that for the gps tu use it...
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