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Product Details

  • Paperback: 45 pages
  • Publisher: MapTools; 3rd edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971090114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971090118
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you use a GPS and have looked at the traditional latitude and longitude numbers and said to yourself "how will I ever find this on a map"...especially after seeing a map...this book is for you.

While UTM is based on the metric system, it's stupid simple to use once you understand it. And John makes it easy to understand...easy enough that you don't even need the "grid square" tool to estimate where a GPS location is on a map.

This is not, however, a map-and-compass book. You won't get any instruction on how to shoot a bearing, determine/calculate declination, etc. But how to use a GPS to plot a position on a map, it's excellent.
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Covers UTM and GPS without fluff, frills, bells, and whistles - I consider this a big plus! Yet coverage of the topic is as detailed as I needed.

A comment has been made about the small size of the included grid tool scaled for 1:24,000 (7.5 minute topo map). The size is exactly one grid square, which makes the tool exceedingly handy for marking maps using the UTM grid. Yes, that does make the numbers for the protractor around the tool's edge small, but at 66 years of age and near-sighted, I still had no difficulty reading the numbers. I consider it another big plus that the author was kind enough to even include the tool.

The book's handy size, 5.5 X 8.5, makes it a go-to reference manual that will be used and used and used....

Many thanks to Mr. John Carnes for writing this book!!
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This book came with a UTM grid tool (1:24,000 scale) which made it a very good value.

This book has some specific examples of how to use UTM with your GPS and used a Garmin E-Trax for several examples.

I'd state that if you just want the basic instructions, they are available on-line or from a catalog offered by the manufacturer, but if you want to get into a little more detail the book will help you out.

As an example of where this book will go above and beyond is instructing on how to add UTM scales on a map not UTM coded.

I'm using this for a scouting group and the detail was appreciated.
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Been awhile since I've had to use UTM's, and needed to refresh as the current NatGeo maps are now in UTM's. This booklet had me up to speed very quickly. Even learned a few new concepts that hadn't been covered in over booklets, as well as SAR and NOLS courses. Well worth the price, and small/light enough to toss in the backpack....
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Very informative guide to leaning how to use UTM. The included UTM reader grid makes this book an even better value since those sell for $3 plus shipping if you buy it separately. Well written and easy to understand. Good practice exercises in the book.

Anyone who needs to learn the basics of UTM and it's use with Topographic maps should buy this book.
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It helped me relearn how to use UTM. It had scaled maps in the book so that you can practice it instead of just reading it.
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Though I'm familiar with using GPS products, I've not yet purchased a GPS unit designed for the backwoods - but when I do, this will be a good book to use for importing GPS data onto a map. The included UTM grid (in an envelope on the inside back cover) is easy to use on maps that are printed with UTM grid lines.
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If you are not reading and plotting points within 15 minutes of getting this book, please don't ever go into the woods depending on your UTM skills. This book breaks it down to the no-brainer level.
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