Where can I learn more about GPS?

There are many pages where you can find information regarding GPS receivers, software, Geocaching etc. One of my favorites are: http://forums.groundspeak.com/


There you will find answers on most, if not all your questions.


Do not visit this webpage if you do not have enough time or your wife is waiting with dinner. You probably can spend hours without noticing it and get into troubles. 😉

Is the ESRI map expensive?

Well. If you buy the device in Thailand it may include the map in the price. In this case it would be relatively cheap. Then, if you buy your unit somewhere abroad you will have to pay 4.500,- Baht (about USD 128) for the map.?

Sometimes it may be a bit complicated, especially when your GPS receiver has less then 100 MB memory. For these receivers ESRI does not provide a map on a CD. You will have to go directly to their office or ask help from your dealer.

Can I download the map of Thailand from my Garmin to my Laptop (desktop)?

I?m afraid it is impossible. To have the map (City Select) on your computer will have to spend around 32.000,- Baht. Still, there are some other solutions like Google Earth where you can see your tracks and waypoints.

Are there any other maps which I could use on my PDA with non Garmin GPS receivers?

Yes. There is a map called Power Map. This map is available in Thai and English. It is also routable map with voice prompts. You can download a free 15-day trial version at http://www.aitsnav.com

Are there any maps for Thailand which I could use with my Garmin?

Yes, there is an official map by ESRI Thailand. Although it is not shown on the Garmin’s website, it is 100% official map for Garmin GPS receivers. In my opinion the map with thousands of POI and lot of roads in the countryside make it number one GPS map for Thailand.

Other GPS applications

It seems that some other users have come up with some interesting contributions for how they might use their GPS. Here are a few.

Stephan Pataro over at GPS-hotspots.com contributed the following uses:

Find your wedding.

Find the rest of the Atocha Treasure. (Must be one of those hotspots he is alway hollering about. -dd)

Locate your house after a Tornado. (Well, your house site at least. -dd)

Find anything in snow, sand, or darkness.

Send friends to EXACTLY the wrong place.

You get to use the excuse “I must have transposed my coordinates.”

A. E. Mathrone is a paramedic and he uses his GPS to let the Air Ambulance know exactly where the scene is so they can land near by to pick up the patient.

Lee Gruenfeld uses his gps to find the extra ski he drops when he goes slalom skiing. He reports the MOB function is quite useful.

A woman who calls herself Foopa reports that a hidden GPS can be used to see what her husband was up to the previous evening. (Probably not a recommended use for family harmony. -dd)

John King is a firefighter for the City of Daytona Beach and during the Wildfires of 1998 he directed the helicopters flying in water drops by radioing in the information from his hand held GPS.

John Bennett reports that a GPS can provide guidance data when a wet snow has covered all of the road signs rendering them useless. (A GPS should also help at night, I would think, for similar reasons. -dd)

An email from Funneman1 says he uses his GPS to find his favorite ice fishing spot from year to year. “You can also find your snowmobile if it gets buried in the snow when you go for help.”

An email from Boots says, “I drive tow truck in rural America, after dropping off costumers in the bay area GPS leads me home better than customers saying go down to the big safeway, hang a right and follow the non existent signs.”

Rodd Westwood says, “I use mine as a speedo on my hovercraft, the only way to get an accurate speedo.”

Chet Long says, “I use my GPS when I go on my daily exercise walk. It shows my how fast I am walking and if in a new area or different route I know how far I have gone so I don’t exercise too much. I’d hate to overdo it.”

GPS applications – What about your job?

Certainly many jobs spring to mind when thinking about a GPS. For example a surveyor, a pilot, or a ships captain, but how about a few more unusual uses.

  • How about for a rural newspaper route? Perhaps the papers would even get delivered when you were sick.
  • How about a real estate agent who wants to show a house in a strange neighborhood without getting you and the client lost?
  • How about any job that collects field data? Wouldn’t the location where the data was found be useful?
  • How about a farmer? Useful to manage those microclimates on your property.
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